If I had to choose a world capital of culture, without any doubts, it would be Vienna. First of all, because of its past and history that gave to the city, probably, the richest cultural heritage. But also, we can’t mention the modern Vienna, because even nowadays the city is a big and important centre of developing of contemporary art. That’s why we’ve created for you the list of 5 museums you should visit in Vienna, in which we did our best and combined different features of the city, so you can discover it from different sides and perspectives - its history, art, culture, old and new, past and present, great and vivid. Save the list for your next trip to this magnificent city and enjoy your time in Vienna!
1. Kunsthistorisches Museum
In translation, Kunsthistorisches Museum means “Museum of Art History” or, as it is also often called “Museum of Fine Arts”. It is located in the breathtaking building on Ringstraße, it is crowned with a 60-m high dome. Even if there would be no any exhibits inside, the building itself would also make a great exhibition - it is decorated with marble, gold, beautiful paintings and ornaments. However, the museums has an absolutely stunning selection of art objects, starting from old Egyptian collections.
2. Leopold Museum
Leopold Museum has to be #1 on the list of places to visit in Vienna for all the lovers of modern art, especially - Austrian modern art, since the museum is featuring collections and key paintings of such artists as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl. It was opened not long time ago, only in 2001, but today it is already a well-known location in Vienna that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The museum exhibits more than 5,000 of art pieces that definitely makes it a place worth visiting!
3. Naturhistorisches Museum
Naturhistorisches Museum (or The Museum of Natural History) is not just large, it is huge! 8,7000 square meters and about 30 million objects - can you imagine that? It represents the history of our world, starting from the origins of the Solar system and the evolution of animals and plants to human evolution, as well as prehistoric traditions and customs. The history of the museum started in the 19th century, and nowadays, it is definitely in TOP 5 of Vienna! However, if you have an opportunity, visit it even several times, for this place it is never too much!
4. Sigmund Freud Museum
The museum was founded in 1971 and is dedicated to life and work of Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist, known as the father of psychoanalysis. The museum is located in his apartment, which has also used to be his working places. The collection of the museum consists of his personal stuff, library, working materials, documents, photos, original furniture, paintings, etc. The great place to discover Freud’s life story! And since his importance in science is hard to over evaluate, we consider the museum as one of the best and most exciting places in the city!
The Museumsquartier (or commonly used - MQ) is the eighth largest cultural area in the world! So of course, we couldn’t not include it in TOP 5 museums of Vienna! Located in the heart of the city, it is placed in both, old baroque buildings and modern ones. It hosts a range of installations from large art museums to contemporary exhibition spaces. Moreover, this is a home for lots of festivals, performances, art and cultural events, which make it a really unique and powerful place. And of course, no need to mention about its atmosphere, the spirit of freedom and creativity, which make this place really unique and for sure worth visiting!
It seems that life may be not enough to explore, see and understand all the museums of Vienna! However, if you are travelling, do not lose your chance to visit at least the most important, the biggest and most famous of them. Believe us, this knowledge and experience will stay with you till the rest of your life, because we believe that there is no other city in the world that offer such a variety of choices and such a high level of representing its own culture. Enjoy it!