We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museum Guide for Vienna

Exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

95%
Found this guide helpful

There are more than 100 museums in Vienna - scary news for art nihilists, and even scarier for art enthusiasts with limited time to spend in the city. My shortlist mixes the great and the hidden gems of my hometown.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

9 Places

4 City Tips

Print
Map

9 Places

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Albertina

Art Museums

Belvedere Museum

Historic Sites, Art Museums, Architectural Buildings

Leopold Museum

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts

Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Art Museums

Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser

Architectural Buildings, Art Museums

Hofmobiliendepot (Imperial Furniture Collection)

Speciality Museums

Osterreichisches Museum fur Volkskunde

Art Museums

Haus der Musik

Speciality Museums, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Barbara G's City Tips

  • Most museums can be reached by public transport.
  • A few museums allow indoor photography without flash, but not all - do ask before you pull the trigger.
  • Buy a VIENNA CARD if you're staying in town for at least 48 hours, and plan a thorough cultural programme. You will get good discounts.
  • Top three museums with great in-house restaurants: Museum fuer Angewandte Kunst (MAK); Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum); Albertina.
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara G Says:

    If you love classical art, from Medieval works to Flemish painters to romantic artists, head for Vienna's Museum of Art History (also known as the Museum of Fine Arts). Housed in an enormous palace that belongs to the Imperial Palace's wider compound, the Kunsthistorisches Museum houses the largest Brueghel collection in the world, along with works by other world-famous artists such as Rembrandt, Tintoretto and Velazquez.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Habsburg Emperors' magnficently restored Cabinet of Curiosities.
    • Consider booking brunch or lunch at in-house restaurant, Gerstner, which is located under the museum's beautiful marble dome.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 785 things to do in Vienna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You have to see it. Definitely. 19/02/2019
    • Large collection of European masterpieces. 18/02/2019
    • Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
    Address:
    Maria-Theresien-Platz
    Vienna 1010
    Austria
    Phone:
    +43 1 525240
    Price range:
    US$ 19 - US$ 19
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Albertina
    Art Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara G Says:

    The Albertina is almost a boutique museum, exquisite and not overwhelmingly big. I love it because the palace itself is a treasure chest, per se. Formerly owned by the Habsburg Emperors, it has been beautifully restored, and the architect-designed metal roof gives it a real edge. Inside, you will see masterpieces of 19th- and 20th-century art, along with an impressive graphics collection, which includes Albrecht Duerer's "The Hare".

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the collection of Historic Photographs of Austria.
    • Gourmet food fans: Book a table at in-house restaurant DO&CO.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 785 things to do in Vienna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We were fortunate to have visited during the Monet special exhibit 19/02/2019
    • Small collection of Austrian and modern art. 18/02/2019
    • Albertina
    Address:
    Albertinaplatz 1
    Vienna 1010
    Austria
    Phone:
    +43 1 534830
    Price range:
    US$ 20 - US$ 20
    Hours:
    Wed
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat - Tue
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Belvedere Museum
    Historic Sites, Art Museums, Architectural Buildings
    See more photos
    Barbara G Says:

    Vienna's second most pompous palace houses not only the Austrian National Gallery, but also the world's largest Gustav Klimt collection. Expect sumptuous baroque interiors, beautiful paintings, and breathtaking sculptures. I particularly like the fact that the Upper and Lower Belvedere are separated by the palace gardens - a stroll along here decelerates even the most rushed tourist.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • In the summer, visit the Alpine Garden just next to the Upper Belvedere.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 785 things to do in Vienna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just get tickets to the upper museum! 19/02/2019
    • Beautiful gardens 18/02/2019
    • Belvedere Museum
    Address:
    Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27
    Vienna 1030
    Austria
    Phone:
    +43 1 795570
    Hours:
    Fri
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat - Thu
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Leopold Museum
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara G Says:

    If you love the spirit of Vienna circa 1900, circle this tip in red. The Leopold Museum, part of Museumsquartier, unites the best of Austrian expressionists, secessionists and other representatives of Viennese Art Nouveau ('Jugendstil'), and Wiener Werkstaette. It also houses the world's largest collection of Egon Schiele, an Austrian painter who has been rapidly gaining international recognition.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't miss the furniture, jewelry, silver, and glassware by Wiener Werkstaette artists such as Josef Hoffmann and Kolo Moser.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 785 things to do in Vienna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic and extremely interesting 16/02/2019
    • Must Have place to go in Vienna 15/02/2019
    • Leopold Museum
    Address:
    Museumsplatz 1
    Vienna 1070
    Austria
    Phone:
    +43 1 525701529
    Price range:
    US$ 17 - US$ 17
    Hours:
    Wed
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Mon
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts
    Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Art Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara G Says:

    If you wondered what Austrian style looks like and how it evolved, visit the Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art. Here you'll find exquisite furniture, textiles, carpets, glass, silverware, ceramics, jewellery, graphical sketches and more - a must for all lovers of applied Art Nouveau.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Visit the Thonet furniture collection and the collection of Biedermeier chairs - both are beautifully presented.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 785 things to do in Vienna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointing 27/01/2019
    • A fantastic museum 19/01/2019
    • MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts
    Address:
    Stubenring 5
    Vienna 1010
    Austria
    Phone:
    +43 4317 11360
    Price range:
    US$ 16 - US$ 16
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Wed - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser
    Architectural Buildings, Art Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara G Says:

    If you like Gaudi, a visit to Kunsthaus Wien is a must. The blobby colourful building is the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and an Austrian response to organic art that knows no boundaries. Inside, you can trace the story of this exceptional artist and peace activist through paintings, drawings and architectural models. Best detail: Real trees grow out of some of its windows!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • 'The straight line is godless,' said Hundertwasser: Be careful when you walk through the building - uneven floors!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 785 things to do in Vienna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Overwhelming and fantastic 16/02/2019
    • Well worth a visit - 5 mins walk from central train station 04/02/2019
    • Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser
    Address:
    Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13
    Vienna 1030
    Austria
    Phone:
    +43 1 7120495
    Price range:
    US$ 11 - US$ 11
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Hofmobiliendepot (Imperial Furniture Collection)
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara G Says:

    The Imperial Furniture collection is the largest collection of furniture and of Biedermeier objects in the world. Here, you'll get a very good idea of the personal styles of distinctive Emperors and Empresses, such as Francis Joseph, Maria Theresia and Elisabeth (Sissi). The furniture collection also provides insight into popular lifestyles from the early 20th century and post World War II.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Don't miss the collection of hygiene furniture - hilarious.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 785 things to do in Vienna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Off the beaten path, but fascinating 09/02/2019
    • Loved this Museum 07/12/2018
    • Hofmobiliendepot (Imperial Furniture Collection)
    Address:
    Andreasgasse 7
    Vienna 1070
    Austria
    Phone:
    43-1-524 33 57
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Osterreichisches Museum fur Volkskunde
    Art Museums
    Barbara G Says:

    A real insider tip, the Museum for Ethnology shows you the other side of the Habsburg Empire. It contains a beautiful collection from the multi-ethnic peoples of the former Habsburg Crownlands - from Hungarians and Bosnians to Ruthenians, Dalmatians and Galicians. The collection includes furniture, farm tools, ceramics, folkloric fashion, and more.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • See the rich collection of historic photographs.
    • The museum is located in beautiful Schonborn garden palace.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #337 of 785 things to do in Vienna
    • Rather ordinary 17/09/2017
    • Fascinating and not very easy for non German speakers 17/04/2017
    • Osterreichisches Museum fur Volkskunde
    Address:
    Laudongasse 15-19
    Vienna 1080
    Austria
    Phone:
    43/1/406 89 05
    Other:
  • Haus der Musik
    Speciality Museums, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    Barbara G Says:

    Kids and adults alike will enjoy a trip to the Haus der Musik. Located in the former home of Otto Nicolai, the founder of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, this museum documents the history of Philharmonics and classical Austrian composers, but most fun of all, it allows you to explore their music. My favourite experience is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's musical name game 'NAMADEUS' in an excellent electronic version.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try to virtually conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and to direct an opera at 'virto|stage' - both fascinating and big fun.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 785 things to do in Vienna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A good place to spend a few hours 17/02/2019
    • Fun for children 12/02/2019
    • Haus der Musik
    Address:
    Seilerstaette 30
    Vienna 1010
    Austria
    Phone:
    +43 1 5134850
    Price range:
    US$ 17 - US$ 17
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
top
×
Was this guide helpful?
YesNo