Museums of Vienna:
The (probably) Complete Directory

Naturhistorisches Museum and Kunsthistorisches Museum from the roof of the Karlskirche

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.

There are highlights, like the Kunsthistorisches Museum or the Austrian Gallery in the Schloss Belvedere that attract large numbers of visitors. However, for the small museums that target people with specialist interests, I thought it might be useful to provide an extensive list of many museums, including the less famous ones - and here it is, supplemented with the links to the appropriate websites.

The museums are listed in an alphabetical order, I think the list is more or less complete. There are articles on available for many of the following museums, in which case I have linked to them from the name. "TOP" highlights the biggest and - in my opinion - most impressive museums.

Quick Link by Letter

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M
N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

A like Albertina

Albertinaplatz 1
1010 Wien

TOP: Vienna′s finest museum on graphic art. A vast collection of international fame.

Alt Wiener Schnapsmuseum
Wilhelmstrasse 19-21
1120 Wien

A small museum dedicated to schnapps - the "national liquor" of Austria.

Architekturzentrum Wien
MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien

A presentation of contemporary architecture from all over the World - since 1993.

Arnold Schönberg Center
Schwarzenbergplatz 6, Eingang Zaunergasse 1-3
1030 Wien

Archives and exhibition venue that preserves and presents Schoenberg′s legacy.

B like BA-CA Kunstforum

BA-CA Kunstforum
Freyung 8
1010 Wien

Temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, usually of very high quality.

Backhausen Wiener Werkstätte-Textilmuseum
Schwarzenbergstraße 10
1010 Wien

A small museum based on the archives of a textile company that was founded in 1849.

Barocke Klosterapotheke des ehemaligen Ursulinenklosters
Johannesgasse 8
1010 Wien

Side-branch of the Volkskundemuseum: The Baroque pharmacy of a nunnery.

Bestattungsmuseum der Bestattung Wien
Goldeggasse 19
1040 Wien

Museum of undertakers - in a cemetery-crazy country like Austria quite interesting.

Various locations

Most districts of Vienna have "town museums" - their interest varies, but most of them are meant to provide information for locals

C like Centre of Bible Studies

Bibelzentrum am Museumsquartier
Breitegasse 4-8
1070 Wien

Centre of Bible Studies in the MuseumsQuartier.

Böhmerwaldmuseum Wien und Erzgebirger Heimatstube
Ungargasse 3
1030 Wien

A museum on the part of Bohemia that was once dominated by a German-speaking population.

Collegium Hungaricum Wien - Galerie UngArt
Hollandstraße 4
1020 Wien

Centre for Hungarian culture, art and studies.

D like Designforum

MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, Hof 7
1070 Wien

A study centre rather than a museum - on historic and contemporary designs, mostly from Austria.

Stephansplatz 6 / Durchgang Wollzeile
1010 Wien

The museum of St Stephen′s cathedral; mostly sacral art and historic items of Austria′s national church.

E like Ernst Fuchs Museum

Ernst Fuchs Museum
Hüttelbergstraße 26
1140 Wien

Situated in a building designed by Otto Wagner (Otto Wagner Villa I): A museum for Ernst Fuchs, an Austrian Surrealist.

Esperantomuseum der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek
Herrengasse 9, Palais Mollard
1010 Wien

Dedicated to „artificial" languages - mostly Esperanto, but also Klingon and Tolkien′s elf languages.

Essl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart
An der Donau - Au 1
3400 Klosterneuburg

TOP: Private museum on contemporary art, just outside of Vienna in Klosterneuburg.

F like Foltermuseum

Esterhazypark, 1060 Wien
1060 Wien

Museum of Torture, in the historic and contemporary sense.

G like Geldmuseum

Geldmuseum der Österreichischen Nationalbank
Otto-Wagner-Platz 3
1090 Wien

A museum of coins and numismatics for people with specialist interests.

Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste
Schillerplatz 3, 1. Stock
1010 Wien

Some fine paintings (like Hieronymus Bosch) in the study collection of the Academy of Fine Arts.

Globenmuseum der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek
Herrengasse 9, Palais Mollard
1010 Wien

The globe museum is associated with the national library and displays mostly Baroque globes.

Go to:  Museums A to G  -  H to M  -  N to Z

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