The best museums in Austria in December 2023

These are the top 50 best museums in Austria, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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  1. Tiergarten Schönbrunn1

    Tiergarten Schönbrunn

    The Schönbrunn Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Vienna Zoo) is a zoo in Vienna that is considered to be the oldest surviving zoo in the world. The zoo was founded in 1752 and is located in the gardens of the former Schönbrunn Imperial Palace in Vienna. The eye-catchers of the Vienna Zoo are the giant pan
  2. St. Stephen's Cathedral2

    St. Stephen's Cathedral

    St. Stephen's Cathedral, also known as Stephansdom, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Vienna, the capital of Austria. It serves as the seat of the Archbishop of the Austrian Archdiocese of Vienna. This cathedral is not only a place of worship but also a symbol of Austrian history and identity.
  3. Hofburg - Imperial Palace3

    Hofburg - Imperial Palace

    Vienna's Imperial Palace is one of the biggest palace complexes in the world. The oldest parts date to the 13th century, with construction having continued right into the 20th century. The Imperial Palace was the residence and seat of government of the Habsburg emperors until 1918. Today, it is home
  4. Natural History Museum4

    Natural History Museum

    The Natural History Museum in Vienna opened in 1889, and while originally it was meant to house the Habsburg's possessions, it became one of the most known museums dedicated to natural history. The figures and statues housed in the museum represent the progress in various fields of science over the
  5. Online discount!Schonbrunner Gardens5

    Schonbrunner Gardens

    These Baroque gardens cover approximately 120 hectares of land around the Schönbrunn Palace and are listed by UNESCO among the World Heritage sites. Visitors can take a stroll through the carefully designed flowerbeds, or get lost in the local maze. First entered by visitors in 1779, these gardens h
  6. Albertina6


    The Albertina in Vienna houses one of the largest print rooms in the world, and used to be the biggest Habsburg residential palace, inhabited by one of Maria Theresa's daughters. The collection, which started in 1776, boasts over a million prints and tens of thousands of paintings dating all the way
  7. Alpenzoo Innsbruck7

    Alpenzoo Innsbruck

  8. Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna8

    Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

    The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is one of the world’s foremost museums. Experience the rich collections of the Habsburgs, a dynasty that ruled in Austria for more than 600 years, for most of that time as Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. It boasts exhibits spanning five millennia, from Ancient
  9. Online discount!Belvedere Palace Museum9

    Belvedere Palace Museum

    The Belvedere Palace Museum is part of the Belvedere palace complex, which was designed by Lukas von Hildebrandt in late Baroque style. The construction took 6 years, until 1723, when the palace was completed. However, it is inside the palace that you will find Upper Belvedere's greatest treasure: a
  10. Leopold Museum10

    Leopold Museum

    The Leopold Museum is a museum in Vienna that originated from the private collection of Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold. The museum includes the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world with around 250 works. With a total of 5400 pieces ,it offers a good overview of the work of the most important r
  11. Sisi Museum11

    Sisi Museum

    The Sisi Museum in Vienna is housed in the Stephan apartments, named after Archduke Stephan Viktor. The museum exhibits personal items that once belonged to Elisabeth that illustrate her personality. The museum exhibits around 300 objects, including parasols, fans, gloves, clothing, beauty preparati
  12. Imperial Treasury Vienna12

    Imperial Treasury Vienna

    Awaiting you at the Imperial Treasury Vienna in the Hofburg Palace is the Austrian Imperial Crown and the insignia of the Holy Roman Empire with the Imperial Crown and the Holy Lance. Other highlights include the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece and parts of the immensely opulent treasure
  13. Albertina Modern13

    Albertina Modern

  14. Haus des Meeres14

    Haus des Meeres

    The Haus des Meeres in Vienna is a former defence tower used to stop bombers with flak cannons that is now turned into an ocean aquarium. Apart from fish and sea creatures, you will also see snakes, tortoises, birds and even monkeys. Climb to the top floor to get one the best views over Vienna from
  15. Museum of Military History15

    Museum of Military History

    The Museum of Military History in Vienna (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum) is the museum of the Austrian army. It is the oldest military history museum in the world and the largest built for this purpose. The museum documents the history of the Austrian army from the 16th century until 1955. The museum
  16. Time Travel Vienna16

    Time Travel Vienna

    Time Travel Vienna is a museum/attraction in Vienna where the 2000 year history of the city is brought to life. Visitors can get a tour through an adventure area of 1,300 square meters, including 5D cinema, animatronic shows, music and special effects.
  17. Kunst Haus Wien17

    Kunst Haus Wien

  18. Austrian National Library18

    Austrian National Library

    The Austrian National Library is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, containing 7.4 million items. It is divided into a library and a museum. The library includes all kinds of books from research, history, religion to modern literature. With the oldest book being the Holy Go
  19. Central Cemetery19

    Central Cemetery

  20. Vienna museum of science and technology20

    Vienna museum of science and technology

    The Technisches Museum is a museum in Vienna that displays thousands of artifacts organized in different exhibitions about nature, heavy industry, mass production and daily life. On the one hand, the Technisches Musuem Vienna exhibits objects ranging from airplanes and trains to antique typewriters
  21. Haus der Musik21

    Haus der Musik

    The Haus der Musik is a museum in Vienna that is dedicated to sound and music that focuses on interaction and multimedia. The museum consists of an area of ​​approximately 5,000 square meters and covers five floors. The first floor is dedicated to the Vienna Philharmonic. The second floor is dedicat
  22. Hundertwasserhaus22


  23. MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art23

    MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

    The MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art is a museum in Vienna that focuses on architecture and contemporary art and arts, crafts and design in general. The museum collects and exhibits furniture, glassware, ceramics, textiles, design and jewelry, among other things. It owns Wien
  24. Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna24

    Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna

    At the Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna in Schönbrunn, join the company of such illustrious personalities as Empress Maria Theresa, Napoleon and Emperor Franz Joseph, and journey through their life as illustrated by their state coaches and carriages. The prize exhibit is undoubtedly the baroque Imper
  25. The Third Man Museum25

    The Third Man Museum

    The Third Man Museum is a film museum in Vienna's that displays an extensive collection of original exhibits exclusively around the 1948 international film success "The Third Man", based on the eponymous novel by Graham Greene, on an area of ​​over 400 square meters in 14 rooms. The exhibited exhibi
  26. Spanish Riding School26

    Spanish Riding School

    The Spanish Riding School, or Spanische Hofreitschule, is a renowned institution in Vienna. It is dedicated to horse riding, specifically classical dressage, and is known for two key elements: the Lipizzan breed of horse and the traditional Spanish dressage technique. This combination of elements makes the school unique and a symbol of Vienna's cultural heritage.
  27. Jewish Museum27

    Jewish Museum

    The Jewish Museum Vienna (Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Wien) is a museum of Jewish history, Jewish culture and Jewish religion in Vienna. The museum has two buildings, the Palais Eskeles and the Misrachi house. The exhibition and event program deals with the past and present of Jewish culture in Austr
  28. Mozarthaus Vienna28

    Mozarthaus Vienna

    The Mozarthaus Vienna is the place where Mozart wrote his opera The Marriage of Figaro here, and also three out of six Haydn Quartets. This museum mainly focuses on his work. Apart from the interior, you will get to see his letters and other items from his private life. It is the biggest and the mos
  29. Madame Tussauds Wien29

    Madame Tussauds Wien

    Madame Tussauds Vienna (Madame Tussauds Wien) is a wax museum in Vienna. In the museum several wax statues of famous people are spread throughout several rooms. Besides wax statues of world famous people such as the President of the United States or James Bond, the museum also has wax statues of fam
  30. Alt-Wiener-Schnapsmuseum30


    The Alt-Wiener-Schnapsmuseum is a museum in Vienna where visitors can learn everything about highly alcoholic drinks, with tasting included. The museum still features some original pieces and equipment, including the original interior of the wood-paneled office space, desks, a historic cash register
  31. Roman Museum at the Hoher Markt31

    Roman Museum at the Hoher Markt

    The Roman Museum at the Hoher Markt in Vienna is a branch of the Wien Museum and specializes in the history of Vienna in Roman times. Due to the limited space, the main focus of the Roman Museum is on the 2nd and 3rd century, the heyday of Vindobona (the Roman military camp located on the site of th
  32. 32

    Museum of Illusions

  33. Glasmuseum J. & L. Lobmeyr33

    Glasmuseum J. & L. Lobmeyr

  34. Johann Strauss Wohnung34

    Johann Strauss Wohnung

    The Johann Strauss Wohnung is a museum in Vienna that is dedicated to Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899). Johann Strauss and his wife Jetty lived here from 1863 to 1870 and he wrote his most famous piece An der schönen blauen Donau here. The museum shows a large number of pieces from and about his life,
  35. Museum of Art Fakes35

    Museum of Art Fakes

    The Museum of Art Fakes (The Fälschermuseum Wien) is a private museum for art forgeries in Vienna. The museum includes works by Vermeer counterfeiter Han van Meegeren and the London restorer Tom Keating, who claimed to have faked more than 2000 works by more than one hundred artists. Also on display
  36. Theatermuseum, Vienna36

    Theatermuseum, Vienna

    The Theatermuseum in Vienna is housed provides a basic overview of what happens backstage in theatres and has hundreds of costumes and other props on display that all have a role in creating the perfect theatre play. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a collection of puppets.
  37. Online discount!Belvedere 2137

    Belvedere 21

    The Belvedere 21 (or 21er Haus) is a building that was built in 1958 as an Austrian pavilion for Expo 58 in Brussels and used in Vienna from 1962 to 2001 as a museum of the 20th century. The museum is now a museum of both modern and contemporary art an has Austrian art of the 20th and 21st centuries
  38. Vergilius Chapel Museum38

    Vergilius Chapel Museum

    The Vergilius Chapel (Virgilkapelle) is an underground crypt that is located next to the Stephansdom in Vienna. The chapel is rectangular in form with six niches and lies around 12 meters beneath the ground. A small exhibition gives a historical outline of medieval Vienna. It is possible to look int
  39. Circus & Clown Museum39

    Circus & Clown Museum

    The Circus and Clown Museum in Vienna illustrates the history of local and international entertainers such as clowns, artists, wizards and freaks. Visitors can learn interesting facts about their places of work, such as the Vienna Prater and circuses. The Circus and Clown Museum regularly organizes
  40. Neidhart Frescoes40

    Neidhart Frescoes

    The Neidhart Frescoes (Neidhart Fresken) is the oldest secular mural paintings in Vienna. It was commissioned by the merchant Michael Menschein and show scenes from the life and work of the minne singer Neidhart von Reuental (circa 1180 to 1240), illustrating daily life and festive culture of the Mi
  41. Weltmuseum Wien41

    Weltmuseum Wien

    The Weltmuseum Wien is one of the world’s leading ethnographical museums, situated in the Hofburg Palace on Vienna’s Ringstrasse. In 14 distinct exhibition galleries, the focus is on unique cultural treasures from all over the world. The aim is to communicate to visitors the cultural diversity, stor
  42. Kunsthalle Wien42

    Kunsthalle Wien

    The Kunsthalle Wien is a municipal contemporary exhibition space for modern and contemporary art in Vienna that opened in 1992. The art hall organizes themed group exhibitions and solo presentations of various contemporary artists from both the Austrian as well as the international art scene.
  43. Geymüllerschlössel43


    The Geymüllerschlössel is a small castle in Vienna, located north of the Pötzleinsdorfer castle park. The museum holds and exhibits a collection of furniture and decorative art from the Biedermeier period (it is furnished with original furniture from the first half of the 19th century) as well as th
  44. Ambras Castle44

    Ambras Castle

    Ambras Castle Innsbruck is one of the main attractions of the state capital of Tyrol. The provincial sovereign, Archduke Ferdinand II (1529 – 1595), son of Emperor Ferdinand I, converted the Castle into a Renaissance palace, which is home to a museum building housing his famous collections. They con
  45. Wien Museum Karlsplatz45

    Wien Museum Karlsplatz

    The Wien Museum on Karlsplatz will be renovated and expanded over the coming years. The building will be upgraded with additional room for exhibits, generous spaces for educational activities, an event center, and a new restaurant and café.
  46. Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation (MUMOK)46

    Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation (MUMOK)

    The Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) is a museum in Vienna that is part of the Ludwig Museums. The museum has its own collection of 7,000 works, consisting of modern and contemporary art, including works of art by: Robin Page, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Alfons Schilling, Robert Ra
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    Myth Mozart

  48. Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste48

    Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste

    The Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste is an art museum in Vienna. It features a painting gallery that includes around 1600 paintings from early Italian panel painting of the 14th and 15th centuries to painting from the Academy from the 18th and early 19th centuries. They include The L
  49. Sigmund Freud Museum49

    Sigmund Freud Museum

    The Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna features an exhibition on the history of psychoanalysis and the life of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) in Freud's former practice and apartment. The collection of the museum includes original items owned by Freud, the practice's waiting room, and parts of Freud's antiqu
  50. Butterflyhouse Hofburg Palace50

    Butterflyhouse Hofburg Palace

    The Schmetterlinghaus, the Butterfly House in Vienna is a large historical Jugendstil greenhouse built in 1902 where you can experience hundreds of live free-flying tropical butterflies in a recreation of their tropical environment. It is part of the Imperial Hofburg Palace and open every day of the

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