Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), Vienna

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Housed in an ornate palace, Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) features a collection of artifacts that has been growing for the last 250 years. Emperor Franz I Stephan of Lorraine is credited with beginning the collection in 1750. Today, the museum is home to about 30 million objects relating to earth and life sciences. The first floor is dedicated to animal life, with exhibit halls focusing on vertebrates, crabs, arachnids, insects, mollusks, and protozoans. In the museum's mezzanine, learn about minerals, fossils, dinosaurs, the earth's history, and anthropology. The museum is best known for its dinosaur skeletons and extensive collection of meteorites. Don't miss the Venus of Willendorf, the nearly complete skeleton of a Stellar's sea cow, an animal that has been extinct for more than 200 years. By using our Vienna trip maker tool , you can arrange your visit to Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) and other attractions in Vienna.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This place is really great and interesting! It's very big, and you quickly spend 3 hours here. I would recommend it to everyone!  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Worth going to in order to see The Venus which was much coller than I thought it would be up close in person.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    By nighter in full days. Well done and organized, understandable even for those who don't read German. It is one of the museums which stay in Vienna!
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  • April 20, 2017
    This museum is a must see and kids under 19 are free so entry is pretty cheap. The building is magnificent and if there was nothing inside it would still be worth visiting to have a look. The exhibits are pretty amazing and kept in such good condition. The African bull elephant has to be seen to be believed, the sheer size of it is amazing! There is a nice cafe at the top and plenty of restrooms throughout. Wear comfy shoes as you will walk a lot!
  • June 17, 2017
    Great for fans or rocks, minerals and other natural gemstones. They have the biggest collection I have seen. Great collection of animals and insects. I don't generally like museums but this one I did. Went on a Thursday an hour and a hal before closing and was the perfect time to go was very quiet and some rooms we had all to ourselves
  • July 4, 2017
    The museum is really worth visiting. The collection of animals is amazing. The kids will also totally enjoy the exhibition. The building itself is one of the loveliest in Vienna. The cafa on the top floor is also nice to visit.
  • June 8, 2017
    A beautiful building and pleasant interior. A large collection of animals and birds. The section showing artifacts from ancient times is also brilliant. There is a large collection of skulls from various hominid groups. Worth spending 2hrs but may take longer.
  • June 10, 2017
    Very educational and wonderful. Beautiful place. Personally I believe it is very important to understand or have an idea of, at least, what the history of earth is, how life started to thrive and how it developed over the millions of years.

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