Front view of the Museum of Military History
© Manfred Litscher

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 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • 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 25, Dec 31
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 3 Steps
        Access via ramp
    • Side entrance
      • 2 Steps
        to Franz-Joseph Hall: 2 steps (ramp), elevator to upper floor
      • 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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The car in which Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated is now on display in the Museum of Military History

Automobile in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne, and his wife Sophie of Hohenburg were shot in Sarajevo in 1914

© Heeresgeschichtliches Museum / M. Litscher
Statues in the Hall of Generals in the Museum of Military History

Hall of Generals

© Manfred Litscher
Marine Hall in the Museum of Military History

Marine Hall

© Manfred Litscher
Model of the ship “Viribus Unitis” in the Museum of Military History

Model of the “Viribus Unitis” (a battleship used by the Austro-Hungarian navy)

© Manfred Litscher
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