Every visitor of Austria′s capital will soon realise that there is a very big number of museums in Vienna - in fact, a lot more than anyone could expect from a capital of a country with a population of a mere eight millions.
This is mostly due to the role that Vienna has played as the site of residence for the Habsburg Emperors and the nobility and clergy they have attracted. However, this tradition continues and even today, the collections of Austria′s museums are constantly extended and kept up-to-date.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts houses paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Dürer, Raphael, Titian and Velazquez, as well as the most comprehensive collection of Bruegel's paintings in the world.
The Museumsquartier is one of the ten largest cultural complexes in the world, where baroque buildings, new architecture, cultural institutions and various disciplines of art are united. The Leopold Museum and the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna) are large art museums. Additional highlights include the TanzQuartier, an international, state-of-the-art centre for dance, the Architektur Zentrum Wien, production studios for new media, artist studios for artists-in-residence, outstanding art and cultural facilities designed for children, and a variety of other events and festivals such as the renowned Viennale film festival, the ImPulsTanz Festival, and many others.
Technisches Museum Wien
The museum aims at introducing the world of technics to anybody from specialist to layman. There's a special emphasis on the interaction of technical developments with nature and human life-style, on energy issues and on traffic. There are some remarcable objects from the world of heavy industry and a focus on musical instruments, their production and development. With its diverse programme the museum allows for deep insights into past and future developments of Austrian society.
Mariahilfer Straße 212
Albertina Graphic Arts Collection
The Albertina Graphic Arts Collection is perhaps the largest and most important graphic collection in the world. It owns about 60.000 drawings and about a million graphic reproductions. You will find works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens or Claude Lorrain, Eugène Delacroix, Edouard Manet and Paul Cézanne. Also and 20th century Austrian artists like Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt or Oskar Kokoschka
House of Music - Haus der Musik
House of Music allows for interactive musical experiences. On seven floor you can delve into sound. There's a museum of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and on many great Austrian composers like Joseph Haydn, W.A. Mozart, Gustav Mahler and the 2nd Viennese school, a sound gallery, a virtual conductor and so on.
Museum of Young Art
Situated at Ring boulevard - next to Burgtheater, a recently opened museum presents contemporary European art like paintings, photography, videos, sculptures, installations and other media produced since the year 2000.
Museum of Applied arts
selection of works from the Wiener Werkstätte, 20th century architectural models, Stoclet frieze (Gustav Klimt), bentwood furniture.
Tramway Museum Vienna
The tram museum, founded in 1986, has a large collection of documents and original vehicles (trams, city railway and buses) used in urban transport in Vienna. Most vehicles have been restored and are in working order.
The Museum of Ethnology
The Museum of Ethnology in Vienna is one of the most significant ethnological museums in the world. Its collections comprise more than 200,000 ethnographic objects, 25,000 historical photographs, 136,000 printed works, and over 300 kilometres of film on the history, culture, art and everyday life of predominantly non-European peoples.
Neue Burg, Vienna
Maths is not just a science but also an art and helpful in constructing artistic work, as is evidenced by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the MuseumsQuartier of Vienna's seventh district, mathematicians have combined culture with science in the form of a maths museum or math.space project.
Sigmund Freud Museum
Dr. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, lived and worked in this house for almost half a century (1891 to 1938). The museum owns the original furniture from his waiting room, nearly eighty pieces of Freud's collection of antiques and some of his personal belongings.
At his apartment in Domgasse 5, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived for some happy and prolific years from 1784 to 1787 composing "The Impesario" and "The Marriage of Figaro" and other major works. His spacious flat was located on the first floor, Second floor is dedicated to Mozart's operas and introduced the visitor to his oeuvre. Third floor features a collection on life in baroque Vienna.
The KunstHaus Wien is situated in the third district of Vienna and is a house, that does not correspond to the usual cliches and norms. In the KunstHaus Wien a permanent Hundertwasser exhibition is on display. The Kunsthaus has a reputation for presenting colorful and glamorous artists.