Heeresgeschichtliches Museum

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Museum of Military History

History of warfare and the military, technology and science, art and architecture are all merged into one in the Museum of Military History. The building alone is phenomenal: the museum was built between 1850 and 1856 under the plans of Ludwig Förster and Theophil Hansen as a centerpiece of the Arsenal military complex. It is therefore the oldest museum in the city. The architects had already anticipated the style of the Ringstrasse: it is dominated by the Moorish-Byzantine and neo-Gothic styles.

The museum’s main focus is the history of the Habsburg Monarchy up until its disintegration in 1918. In one hall, visitors can see the automobile in which Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne, and his wife were shot in 1914, the Archduke’s blood-soaked uniform jacket and the chaise longue on which he died. In the Franz Joseph Hall are several personal objects which belonged to the Emperor and his son, Crown Prince Rudolf. Additional rooms are dedicated to Prince Eugene, Maria Theresia and numerous wars which Austria fought in (often unsuccessfully). A centerpiece of the collection is the so-called “Marine Hall”: an exhibition on Austria’s history as a naval power. What many people do not know is that when Austria still had access to the seas, it was a major naval power for over 200 years.

Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum)

Arsenal, Objekt 1
1030 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -29%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Standard ticket price: 7€
      Reduced fee: 5 €

  • Prices

    • Free admission on first Sunday of the month
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 09:00 - 17:00
    • Tu, 09:00 - 17:00
    • We, 09:00 - 17:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 17:00
    • Fr, 09:00 - 17:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 17:00
    • Su, 09:00 - 17:00
    • on holidays, 09:00 - 17:00
    • closed: Jan 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, Nov 1, Dec 24 closed from 14h, Dec 25, Dec 31

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 3 Steps
        Access via ramp
    • Side entrance
      • 2 Steps
        Access via ramp
      • Ramp 119 cm wide
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 4 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Access to Tank Garden (Panzergarten) on ground floor.

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