History Museums in Vienna

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History Museums in Vienna

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  • Mark42139
    New York City, NY1,623 contributions
    This stunning and historical exhibit showcases the wealth and opulence of the Habsburg Empire and Holy Roman Empire. Very, very worth it!!
    Written 21 November 2022
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  • Shawn
    Carluke, UK15 contributions
    If your serving military you get in for free regardless of what country which was a good plus. Nice layout, however it would be nice if they had post ww2 exhibits even post 9/11
    Written 3 November 2022
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  • Tim J
    Banbury, UK280 contributions
    This museum showcases the silverware collection, the interior of the palace as well as some of the history of the royal family. The included audio guide does a good job of adding some needed dimension to the tour, however, it can be difficult to spot the input numbers to follow along with.
    Written 28 October 2022
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  • Mark42139
    New York City, NY1,623 contributions
    This is a very fascinating museum highlighting many of Vienna's Imperial Carriages, and it has a lot of history.
    Written 21 November 2022
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  • Isaac L
    Seattle, WA134 contributions
    The museum has a mix of antique local and regional Judiaca, historical pieces and artifacts from Progroms mixed with classical and contemporary art.

    The museum is aiming for a positive “vibe” for the future while acknowledging dark aspects of history in Austria.
    Written 7 November 2022
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  • zdaati
    Vienna, Austria3,419 contributions
    The Hofburg is the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria and was formerly the principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty. Located in the center of Vienna. This new part houses a museam and was built 100 so years ago. There is a museam on it but was closed due to covid but is nice to see from outside as well.

    Written 2 February 2021
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  • Kelly M
    Fredericton, Canada61 contributions
    Excellent, with good interpretation. It's not a huge collection, but historically so important and interesting, and some of the exhibits are spectacular. It's definitely on my "must do" list for Vienna museums.
    Written 11 September 2019
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  • Gregory B
    Eugene, OR8 contributions
    The Viktor Frankl Center gives one a clear and loving sense of who Viktor Frankl was and why his work matters so deeply. If you wonder what the meaning of your life is and how to live responsibly and richly -- that is, if you're a human being -- you should spend a few hours at the Center.
    Written 29 October 2022
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  • Antonio8069
    Los Angeles, CA179 contributions
    We planned to spend 2 h, and it took us 6 to see everything. We began upstairs, where there is a special exhibit dedicated to the remains of the Jewish synagogue and the infamous Anschluss balcony. We then went into the main hall, which is organized both thematically and chronologically. The opening is about political parties. Interested to see how badly Team Stronach performed in two nat'l elections! The next room covers key moments from 1918-2020, including:
    - resistance to Nazism, leading to a civil war;
    - the Waldeim controversy, one of the most contentious periods in Austrian history;
    - Austria's role in founding OPEC, welcoming refugees (after WW 2), and resolving (in 1991) the issue of compensation murdered by the Nazis.
    The museum does not whitwash Austrian history. It gives you the facts for you to decide. Its the best intro to the country and I highly recommend it.
    Written 7 March 2020
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  • Lia H
    1 contribution
    This small Museum is engaging, educational and inspiring! The peace museum looks at history through the lens of peace and peaceful events where peace is more than the mere absence of war and violence but a sustainable and long-lasting phenomenon. I particularly enjoyed the Ukraine Peace Heros Exhibit which discusses history through peace stories. Definitely worth visiting!!
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • drevin
    45 contributions
    A small museum of crimes in vienna from 1800's. Has a huge potential but it's only in german. If you don't speak the language you'll get bored fast. Has a lot of crime pictures and corpses of dead people - not for children or family day.
    Half of the site is old painting or newspaper from the 1900's.
    We could liked it if not for the german language.
    Written 5 October 2019
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  • Tom L
    10 contributions
    This subterranean chapel was only rediscovered in 1973 when the new Stephansdom metro station was being excavated. It's now accessible via the metro station entrance and costs a few Euros (small discount if you have a Vienna City Card). You have to be prepared to go down and then climb back up two spiral staircases to get down into the chapel and back up again, but these are modern metal staircases, well lit, but moodily so. There is a small exhibition of artefacts from the excavations and the red cross circles painted in the points of the recessed arches make this an atmospheric and haunting space. Worth a 15 minute look-see.
    Written 5 June 2022
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  • Pablo C
    1 contribution
    I went with my girlfriend and we had lot of fun!!
    All members were very nice, specially Ricardo.
    I suggest everybody that hesitates to go there,
    as its totally another kind of museum.
    Written 25 September 2020
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  • Master Jonjon
    London, UK344 contributions
    LOCATION. The museum is at the mid-point between Stephansplatz and Karlsplatz. Expect a ten-minute walk. If you start off from Karlsplatz, step away from the parks and go north along Karntner Strasse. Hike your way into the pedestrian zone and past the church. Turn right into Johannesgasse and you’ll be there within a minute.

    CROWD CONTROL CHECK. This is a lonely poor thing, and by far the most uncrowded attraction I can find in Central Vienna. Don’t underestimate its size – two floors of permanent showcases, throw another one in for changing exhibitions. Imagine what it’s like to stroll across videos screens and alleys of descriptions, artifacts, excerpts – only to meet no one else but two staffers along the way.

    After buying your ticket you’ll be given an iPad “audio” guide (not a hiss ever comes out of it I’m not sure if that’s the right name). As you walk from checkpoint to checkpoint you have to literally touch the sticker at the back of your pad to the round icons on the wall and with the right orientation. An English translation will appear on the screen. Only those general introductory texts will be translated though, and only in the permanent galleries.

    The gallery sets up Austria’s literary scenes by tracing them back to their Catholic and enlightenment roots. And then find yourself in an anthology of entropy gone wild, an ambitious journey that travels through the larger German-speaking world with a hint of its complex linguistic relationships with the Czech and its Prague authors and back into the wider German sprachraum and the apolitical tendencies of Austrian novels to be sprinkled with examples of how stories interact with the pop culture and…

    A magnificent feat indeed. A little more hint of its relevance might just save the place.
    Written 22 August 2019
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  • drewedmin999
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1,048 contributions
    €5 is too much for this very small exhibit but I’m really pleased that as it was included in our Vienna Pass we popped in.

    It tells the story of the early days of fairgrounds, chiefly freak shows.

    There is also an interesting history of Prater and some very interesting original items.

    We spent 15 minutes and read everything, so it’s probably not worth the entrance fee if you don’t have a pass however.
    Written 21 February 2020
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