Interested in art and culture? Then Vienna and its museums are exactly the right place for you!
Vienna has been rich in art and culture for centuries. After all, the Austrian capital has been “the place to be” many times in history. This circumstance is also reflected in the colourful and varied landscape of museums that the city has to offer. There is something for almost every taste, and it is worthwhile to visit one of the museums during your stay in Vienna. For example, one of the museums listed here.
Experience Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and the Vienna of 1900 in the Leopold Museum.
With the world’s largest Egon Schiele collection, the Leopold Museum in Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier is a hot spot for art enthusiasts. In addition to Klimt, Kokoschka, Gerstl, and Schiele, there are several different special exhibitions on various topics every year. Contemporary art is also a feature of this museum. A visit to the new Café Leopold, opened in June 2017, is also worth it for a short rest and to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the MuseumsQuartier. The restaurant has an outdoor and an indoor area and serves Austrian and Asian cuisine.
Address: MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Opening hours: Daily: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Thursday until 9:00 pm
Albertinaplatz and its Albertina Museum invite visitors to Vienna to explore and take pictures.
In the first district of Vienna you will find the world-famous Albertina. In addition to changing exhibitions from Helnwein to Monet and Picasso, the most important and most comprehensive graphic collection in the world enjoys great popularity among tourists as well as among the many local visitors. On the square in front of the Albertina are not only numerous coffee houses worth a visit, such as Café Mozart and Café Tirolerhof, but also the famous Vienna State Opera and the memorial against war and fascism by the famous contemporary Austrian sculptor Alfred Hrdlicka are only a short walk away.
Address: Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Wednesday until 9 pm
The Jewish history of Vienna dates back many centuries, but the JMW is much more than just a historical museum.
The Jewish Museum of Vienna is located in the heart of Vienna’s city centre, a five-minute walk from Stephansplatz. As the name implies, the focus of the museum is the abundant Jewish culture of Vienna. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the special exhibitions, such as “Purchases by Jews” and “Trude and Elvis”, contribute to a better understanding of Jewish culture and its history in Vienna. Café Eskeles in the JMW is just as popular with the locals as with tourists. The main dishes as well as the sweet desserts attract many hungry visitors, especially at lunch time. Please note, the JMW operates two venues in Vienna, the main building in the Dorotheergasse and the external site at the Judenplatz is also worth a visit.
Jewish Museum Vienna
Address: Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: from Sunday to Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday closed
Contemporary national and international art in the Belvedere quarter.
The “21er Haus” is right next to the new main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) in Vienna. A place for friends of contemporary art and culture. The “21er Haus” is part of the world famous Belvedere Museum, which can be visited on the other side of the road in walking distance. In the 21st century building, works by national artists such as Erwin Wurm as well as international artists have recently been presented, for example, those by Ai WeiWei. The sculpture garden that opened two years ago is also highly recommended. A new district, the Sonnwendviertel, with its new main railway station in Vienna, is just around the corner. On the new campus of the Erste Bank you can have lunch in various restaurants and the nearby “Arsenal” area offers green areas for a short break.
21er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: Quartier Belvedere, Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Vienna
Opening hours: Wednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Thursday – Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
One of the most important museums in the world is located in the heart of Vienna.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) is located between the Vienna MuseumsQuartier and the beautiful Heldenplatz and offers true art treasures to the it’s visitors. The architecture, ambiance and, of course, the exhibitions are even compelling to those less interested in art. The Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM), opened in 1891, is one of the largest and most important museums in the world. The museum is located in the centre of the city. Only a few minutes’ walk to the number one shopping street in Austria, Mariahilfer Straße, and the Viennese city centre, the first district, is also only a few minutes away. The twin to the KHM is right across the street: the Naturhistorische Museum (Natural History Museum). There are numerous exciting exhibitions for younger and older visitors.
Art History Museum
Address: Maria Theresien Platz, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Thursday until 9:00 pm
Natural History Museum
Address: Maria Theresien Platz, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Daily except Tuesday 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, Wednesday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
The Viennese museums all have extensive collections and exhibitions as well as traditional Viennese coffee houses that are worth a visit. This must be taken into account when planning your holiday. Better to take your time visiting one or two museums than to rush from one museum to another.