Six museum treasures in Vienna that are all worth a visit

Vienna is home to countless museums in every category. Exhibitions on art, technology, history, nature, and even bizarre topics are just waiting to be discovered. There is bound to be a perfect museum for every visitor to and resident of the city. The days when visiting museums was a boring experience are long gone.

We have compiled our favorite museum treasures into a list of six museum treasures in Vienna that are all worth a visit.

Penacho de Moctezuma in the Weltmuseum Wien

Our first museum treasure has found its home after a centuries-long journey in the Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna). The Penacho de Moctezuma, the feather crown of Moctezuma, is the only artifact of its kind still in existence. The headdress was first mentioned in 1596 as part of a collection of a Tyrolean prince. The feather crown came to Vienna at the beginning of the 19th century. In the meantime it has been lavishly restored and can be viewed in a special showcase in the World Museum Vienna, well protected. The inclined visitor should take a lot of time over the many impressive details. We could have looked at it forever.

The "Young Hare" by Albrecht Dürer in the Albertina

The most famous nature study by the Nuremberg painter Albrecht Dürer is the Young Hare from the year 1502. This painting has since found a new home in the Albertina, where it is considered to be the most prominent exhibition piece. However, visitors only get to see a copy. The picture, which is over 500 years old and painted with watercolors, needs very special protection. The original is stored in the Albertina's deep store and only very rarely shown.

Egon Schiele, Self-portrait with Lampion Fruits, in the Leopold Museum

Egon Schiele painted this self-portrait at the height of his creative activity in 1912, which was a very productive year for him. At the tender age of 22, Schiele left nothing to chance in this painting. Each stroke of this work was precisely considered. He was very self-aware, knew exactly how talented he was. Yet he had a highly sensitive and fragile personality. He impressively managed to present these apparently opposing character traits in this self-portrait.

The Tower of Babel in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna houses one of the biggest masterpieces of the Renaissance. Pieter Bruegel attempted several times to portray the biblical Tower of Babel. His most famous work can now be found in Vienna. Bruegel depicted in unbelievable detail mankind's completely hopeless attempt to raise itself to the level of God by means of a gigantic building. This picture has the ability to fascinate the viewer for a long time with the countless scenes and details taking place around the tower's construction.

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt in the Belvedere

When one thinks of Gustav Klimt, one usually thinks of his most famous work, The Kiss. This masterpiece of Vienna Modernism, an important epoch in art history, achieved world fame far beyond Austria's borders. Unsurprisingly, The Kiss is the greatest highlight in the Upper Belvedere. The tightly embraced, kissing lovers with their eye-catching robes on the flower meadow touch many of their viewers today as they have always done. Another special feature of the painting is that Klimt used gold leaf in addition to classic oil paints.

Venus of Willendorf in the Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna

Small, but impressive! The Venus of Willendorf is just 11 cm tall. Which made the discovery of this find in the Wachau, Lower Austria, in 1908 all the more important. We know now that the figure must be 29,500 years old. It thus bears witness to the beginning of our culture. Its actual purpose remains a mystery to this day. However, the little Venus is most frequently referred to as a symbol of fertility.

Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna)

Hofburg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 8% off , 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • As of September the museum opens from 10-21.00 every last Friday of the month (Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27, 2019)
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors )
        accessible by platform lift.
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 140 cm wide and 210 cm low , Door 92 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired provided upon request.

    • Comments

      Automatic gate (width: 130 cm) operated with "Euro-Key". Elevator to the special exhibition areas on the first floor as well as to the exhibition areas on the mezzanine.
      The event area is also wheelchair-accessible on request and accompanied by a staff member (contact via intercom at the entrance to the WMW-Forum and at the ticket counter).
      Both the cook café & bistro and the shopping are in the hall of columns can be accessed without steps by means of an elevator.
      Wheelchair-accessible restroom on the upper first floor and mezzanine.

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Albertina

Albertinaplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 13% off , 2€ off
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   190  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 260 cm wide and 270 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540). Guided tours in sign language available (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Guided tours for blind people available as well as for people with slight to moderate dementia and their escorts (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Please inform Art Mediation department about wheelchair uses in advance. Reduced admission for persons with special needs

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms, to the restaurant / café and to the Shop: no steps. All rooms are wheelchair-accessible.

      Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on levels 1 and -1, restroom on level 1: door width: 90cm, room dimensions: 180 x 110 cm.

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Leopold Museum

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 4 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 89 cm wide and 210 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Main entrance, access to all exhibition rooms and restaurant/café: no steps.

      4 parking spaces for visitors with disabilities in the MuseumsQuartier area.

      6 free parking spaces for visitors with special needs on the premises (access: Burggasse / Volkstheater) with proper identification and 4 parking spaces for visitors with special needs in the parking garage (basement level 2 next to elevator, access: main entrance Museumsplatz).

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Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 6% off , 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to August
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors   300  cm  wide )
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        on Burgring 5
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance).
      Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. The Kunsthistorisches Museum offers workshops for people with dementia (Tel. +41 1 525 24-5202 or email: kunstvermittlung@khm.at)

      Wheelchair users who visit the museum via Burgring 5 can purchase their tickets at the shop in the lobby.

    • Comments

      The museum is a place of encounter and sensory perception and offers plenty of opportunity to stimulate vistors and motivate them to interact with one another by looking at art together and then getting creative themselves.
      Induction loop available at the audio guide stand.

      http://www.khm.at/en/learn/kunstvermittlung/inclusive-art-education

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Upper Belvedere (Belvedere - Oberes Belvedere)

Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien
  • Comments

    • Please note: Groups of 10 or more people, you must make an appointment for a tour with the Upper Belvedere in advance. There is no charge for this. You can contact the reservation team at the Belvedere by email or telephone.
      Monday to Sunday, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
      Email:
      Telephone: +43 1 795 57-333

  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 09:00 - 18:00
    • We, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 09:00 - 21:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 09:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors   102  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Parking space for visitors with disabilities in front of the entrance at Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, Parking: 10 am – 6 pm
    • Elevator available
      • 160 cm wide and 300 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Reduced admission for persons with special needs and their escorts (3 Euro each). "Seeing differently" tours (tactile tours) in the Upper Belvedere: The tours with picture descriptions and tactile support are particularly suitable for blind and visually impaired visitors.
      Multimedia guides with videos in Austrian Sign Language (OGS) are available to deaf and hearing impaired visitors. Over 30 videos provide information on selected works of the collection in the Upper Belvedere and on the palace and garden complex as well as the history of the Belvedere.

    • Comments

      2 elevators reachable via a ramp (staff will provide assistance), wheelchairs available at the cloakroom.
      Shop/café: a few steps (staff will provide assistance). 

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Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna (Natural History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Visitors under 19: Free admission
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 17% off
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 09:00 - 18:30
    • We, 09:00 - 21:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 18:30
    • Fr, 09:00 - 18:30
    • Sa, 09:00 - 18:30
    • Su, 09:00 - 18:30
  • Guided tours

    • Roof Tour whole year (German)

      • Wednesday 6.30 p.m.
      • Sunday 4 p.m. 

      Roof Tour April - December (German)

      • Friday and Saturday 4 p.m.

      Roof Tour whole year (English)

      • Sunday 3 p.m.

      Roof Tour April - December (English)

      • Friday and Saturday 3 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Swinging doors )
        "two-lane" ramp, each lane 35 cm wide
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        Side-entrance Burgring, direct access to elevator
    • Elevator available
      • 78 cm wide and 132 cm low , Door 78 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for the blind are possible, special tour for the blind on the audio guide and a brochure in Braille are available.

    • Comments

      Access to restaurant/café: no steps. Seeing-eye dogs permitted in exhibition area.

       

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