Museums of Vienna:
The (probably) Complete Directory
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 TourMyCountry.com 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
TOP: Vienna′s finest museum on graphic art. A vast collection of international fame.
Alt Wiener Schnapsmuseum
A small museum dedicated to schnapps - the "national liquor" of Austria.
A presentation of contemporary architecture from all over the World - since 1993.
B like BA-CA Kunstforum
Temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, usually of very high quality.
Backhausen Wiener Werkstätte-Textilmuseum
A small museum based on the archives of a textile company that was founded in 1849.
Barocke Klosterapotheke des ehemaligen Ursulinenklosters
Side-branch of the Volkskundemuseum: The Baroque pharmacy of a nunnery.
Museum of undertakers - in a cemetery-crazy country like Austria quite interesting.
C like Centre of Bible Studies
Bibelzentrum am Museumsquartier
Centre of Bible Studies in the MuseumsQuartier.
Böhmerwaldmuseum Wien und Erzgebirger Heimatstube
A museum on the part of Bohemia that was once dominated by a German-speaking population.
Collegium Hungaricum Wien - Galerie UngArt
D like Designforum
MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, Hof 7
A study centre rather than a museum - on historic and contemporary designs, mostly from Austria.
E like Ernst Fuchs Museum
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
Dedicated to „artificial" languages - mostly Esperanto, but also Klingon and Tolkien′s elf languages.
F like Foltermuseum
Esterhazypark, 1060 Wien
G like Geldmuseum
Geldmuseum der Österreichischen Nationalbank
A museum of coins and numismatics for people with specialist interests.
Some fine paintings (like Hieronymus Bosch) in the study collection of the Academy of Fine Arts.
Globenmuseum der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek
Herrengasse 9, Palais Mollard
The globe museum is associated with the national library and displays mostly Baroque globes.
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