Museum of Military History
Museum of Military History
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Museum of Military History, one of the most important history museums in the world, is situated right in the centre of the Arsenal. About five-hundred years of Austrian and European History are depicted in the collections exhibited in the main building, which has kept its character of an artistic synthesis, making visible, by means of thousands of original exhibits, a part of world cultural heritage. In five major sections the museum shows the history of the Habsburg empire from the end of the 16th century until 1918 and Austria's fate after the dissolution of the monarchy up to the year 1945.
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  • Henrik J
    Copenhagen, Denmark71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    For the history interested
    Good museum, the WW1 part was well documented and had both German and English text. The WW2 part was unfortunately closed. The earlier history part was ok, but sadly only with text in German. Very interesting to see the part of Franz Ferdinand and the shots in Sarajevo.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • CharlieRogers
    580 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    To see the Tank Hall visit on a Saturday or Sunday
    A very good museum and worth a visit by every military history buff visiting Vienna. The First World War galleries are outstanding and bilingual (German and English), having recently been updated. A highlight is the car in which Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, which kicked off the "Great War". Unfortunately the Second World War galleries are currently closed, as they are being updated. There is a large collection of armored vehicles in the Tank Hall but it's only open on weekends. Plan your visit accordingly!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 September 2023
  • jgbclyde
    Glasgow, United Kingdom164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad I went but...
    First time I've visited a military museum. Didn't appreciate the first part of my visit on the upper floor as exibits only in German. The WW1 experience was a different story with a comprehensive narrative of events and exibits. A would recommend a visit for this alone, but I did leave a bit depressed by the futility of conflict
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 December 2023
  • TClark30
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most important car ever
    Our family visited this museum in July 2023. It was oddly quiet considering the incredible exhibits. The World War 2 section was closed when we visited but it didn’t matter. You can get within a meter of the car that Archduke Ferdinand and his wife were in when Gavrilo Princip got his second, successful, chance. The Archduke’s bullet-shot tunic is to the left of the car, a few feet away. Short of a piece of the true cross, there is no more historical item than this. If the Archduke had not gotten back into this car after the first attempt, there would have been no World War 1, no Russian Revolution, no Hitler, no World War 2, no Cold War. From our great grandparents to our grandchildren, the world we live is encapsulated in an assuming room in this museum. There are many other great exhibits, really, but I could have stared at those fateful bullets holes for hours.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
  • CasualTravelerTom
    Hilton Head, South Carolina317 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good WW I Exhibit
    I enjoyed the exhibits devoted to WW I. As others have mentioned, Archduke Ferdinand’s car and uniform are highlights. The many weapons, uniforms, and territorial maps are also interesting. A lot of the exhibit is not in English so be sure to take advantage of an audio guide which is free.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 April 2024
  • Dale H
    Orange, Australia673 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute must see in Vienna.
    I have been lucky enough to travel the world and see some Great War museums and this museum is definitely up there with the best I have seen. The building itself is magnificent and the architecture simply amazing. From the moment you walk through the door you know that you are in for a special treat. Awesome paintings, sculptures, models, uniforms and remnants from the various wars provide you with some idea of the horrors of war. It is an absolute must see in Vienna.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 June 2024
  • tber
    New Providence, New Jersey1,110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beyond amazing military museum!
    Until visiting this museum, the Imperial War Museum in London had been our favorite. Little out of the way but an easy walk to get to. You know you are in for something special once you walk into the hall of generals. Numerous floors that have the different wars Austria has been involved in. Seeing the car and uniform of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was so unique! All extremely well laid out and easy to follow. The artifacts are incredible. We left with a very clear understanding of numerous historical events. Sadly, the WW2 exhibit was closed the day of our visit but we spent a couple hours in the rest of the exhibits.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 June 2024
  • YuannieFishie
    Singapore, Singapore358 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best WW1 exhibits!
    I was very disappointed with the museum as the exhibits upstairs mainly showed medieval period (old fashioned knight stuff) until I stumbled upon the WW1 exhibits! I spent about an hour going through the items. Unfortunately, most description were in German, including the medieval items. This is the first time I’ve seen so much emphasis placed on WW1 history compared to WW2. The museum is a little out of the way, which was why I was contemplating whether to go. However, the entrance fee is only at €7 and there’s so much to see. Pity there’s nothing in WW2 though.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 June 2024
  • JoleneZ
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia346 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go see the car where the Archduke was assassinated
    This is where you go to see the actual car in which the Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, an incident which of course led to World War One. The bullet-holed uniform that he was wearing then was also on display. The museum of military history is very accessible as it is a mere 10-minute walk from the main train station in Vienna, the Hauptbahnhof Wien. But as I was visiting the Upper Belvedere Museum before that, I walked towards it via the park next to Belvedere 21 and the walk was totally enjoyable on a lovely summer day. I must confess the might of the Austrian-Hungarian empire did not really interest me, I was more focused on the WW1 and the recent 20th century history. There were many artifacts, from the various uniforms worn by the army, to the artillery used and the aircraft. Well worth a visit if you’re a history buff, but I went to see the car and the impact of the incident surrounding this pivotal moment in world history.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 June 2024
  • Beth
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do when in Vienna
    We spent three hours here, and that was with one section closed. Was such good value for money! We really enjoyed seeing the World War One section and they had exhibits that were completely unique such as Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s car! They have an app where you can follow an audio guide in English which was massively helpful as there was not many English translations.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2024
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Trek08099634680
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
There are very few English descriptions, so you'll need to download an app for an audio guide if you don't speak German. In the time it took to download the app and then to download the two hour tour, I was halfway through the museum. Granted I only understood maybe 20% of what anything was, but I wanted to do something while I was waiting.

I ran into a lady working there. Apparently "the law" of the museum is that all bags need to be carried on a person's chest. This is fine. The lady who told me was initially nice about it and I immediately shifted my bag to my front and said that it wasn't a problem and I would have done it if I'd been told to before.

As I was walking away she said that it was the law of the museum. Lady, I'm already walking away. What was the purpose of telling me that?

Either way, I give it three stars for the collection, which is substantial. If you're an English-Speaker or someone that speaks any language other than German, I'd recommend pre-downloading the app and tour, pre-charge your phone because it will take a while, and beware the chatty lady trying to justify the rules even when you're now abiding by them.
Written 25 March 2023
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Anne M
Canberra, Australia558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Initially what inspired me to go here was a photo of the building with its Byzantine influence in the architecture and the Great Hall. While I did wonder about going to a museum on military history I figured why not. My husband was so happy with my choice and three hours later we reluctantly left...only because my feet were sore from walking/standing for long periods. But oh! So worth it. The uniforms, artillery, manuals, balloon, model ships and so much more made this trip an absolute pleasure. Highly recommend to families even if you only do one or two wings. There are several wings so allow a couple of hours.
Written 9 February 2020
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Blue Chip Chris
Ithaca, NY123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
This museum was one of the highlights during my trip in Vienna. The WWI exhibit is extremely detailed and informative. If you really want to see everything this museum has to offer you could see d the whole day here. My personal favorite was the Austria and Europe exhibit, but the tank garden was a close second.
Written 10 March 2020
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John
England, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Within a very impressive building, the museum holds a large collection telling the story of Austria's military history from 1789 through to the end of WWII.

Price of admission was only €7 for an adult, with concessions available, but this price was worth it to see the Sarajevo room alone. Artifacts from the event that changed the world, a must see for anyone interested in 1900's European history.

So much to see so leave a few hours to get around, but well worth it!
Written 15 May 2022
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raymondf80
cork89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
What a building for a museum. The building on its own is worth a viewing. Once inside the fun really begins. The layout was perfect and the collection is vast and informative. One could spend hours there and never move much. I have visited many many military history museums throughout the world and this is one of the most impressive. The tours for school children wasn’t invasive or too distracting. At €7 this museum is so much value for money and a definite must see.
Written 9 June 2022
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SwissCenter
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Austria has a long military history. Not only on its own, but in combination with various military powers in Europe. This museum will take you through the ages, showing you the evolution of the Austrian army and navy. Meanwhile you will also get an insight into European history. If you have a prior interest in the subject, this place is a must. If not, you will still get something out of it. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop, where you can find some nice nick-nacks to bring home.
Written 25 August 2020
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Alex Y
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Highlight of the Vienna trip was seeing the car that drove us into WWI. This was my second time visiting museum and the car that witnessed the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia is something that needs to be seen. It is so sad to reflect on the fact that the deaths of the Archduke and his wife, although tragic, led to the loss of life of millions all over the world and the collapse of the monarchies over most of Central and Eastern Europe. Also a very nice WWI exhibit. I could only convince my girlfriend to let me hang around for that one wing of the museum but a history geek's dream.
Written 7 September 2021
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David N
Hawthorne, CA5,033 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This historic museum has a little bit of everything for anyone with an interest in European military history and the building is worth a visit in and of itself. The interior is stunning. There is an interesting assortment of vehicles, uniforms, weapons, and maps across centuries of Austrian military history. One could spend hours in just the Napoleonic era if they were so inclined. I most appreciated the World War I and World War II exhibits. The Nazi history was covered honestly and faithfully. And a highlight of the museum for me was the exhibits surrounding the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, including the actual vehicle he was riding in at the time.
Written 3 May 2022
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Jay E
Washington DC, DC33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This is a gem of a museum. The building exterior is beautiful and the inte REI or paintings and interior statues are equally impressive. The exhibits themselves are interesting (but not as good as the Imperial War Museum in London) and the gift shop is really nice if you are interested in war books. A great way to spend a couple hours just marveling at the beauty of the symmetric interior and exterior.
Written 2 February 2022
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ZiftD
New York58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This museum is great if you're interested in the military history of Europe from 1600-1914. The sections dedicated to the Thirty Years War are the best, they have an extensive collection of weapons that let you see how they actually fought. The part about World War I is also good. It includes the car in which Franz Ferdinand was shot and the suit he was wearing. Napoleon is understandably downplayed and the section about World War II has a disclaimer about how they are revisiting certain subjects that may not be adequately covered (i.e. Hitler). Similarly, the "Panzer Museum" which is a long walk from the main building, includes Soviet, American and British tanks, but you won't find anything from World War II Germany.
Written 20 October 2022
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