Best Museums in Vienna: Discover the top museums and art galleries to visit in Austria's capital

Tourism in Europe's cities is characterized by the large number of attractions that are based on history and art. In vienna it wouldn't be different, but the Austrian capital stands out for not keeping history in the past, and of course the Vienna museums they would be rich and live the memory of the city every day. 

Vienna's palaces and buildings keep the memory of the city's very active cultural life. This is because, to this day, gala balls are organized, a tradition that dates back to the time of the Austrian empire, tailors that made the coats of royalty still wear the Viennese, small shops of the producers of crystal lamps and silverware of yore are still in operation.

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Even the magnificent opera house, the Staatsoper, is still very popular, playing chords by Mozart, Schubert, Strauss and Haydn, old acquaintances of what is one of the most famous theaters in the world. 

With such a vibrant and present history, it's no wonder that Vienna's museums are among the best in Europe. Check out some of best museums in vienna to enjoy all the history and art the city has to offer. 

Must-see museums in Vienna


Vienna Museums

Must-see museums in Vienna. Photo: Albertina Museum Disclosure

In the center of the city, in the so-called MuseumsQuartier, the Albertina houses one of the most extensive graphic collections in the world. There are more than 65,000 drawings and about a million prints, including works by great names such as Monet, Picasso, Munch, Renoir, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Cézanne and Modigliani. Besides, of course, the palatial decor and architecture that are breathtaking. 

Installed in the palace that belonged to Maria Cristina and her husband, Duke Alberto Von Sachsen-Teschen, who gave the gallery its name, the museum has temporary exhibitions (ground floor), the famous 22 Habsburg rooms (first floor), and the collections (second floor), where works from the most important chapters of the last 130 years of history are exhibited. 

Address: agustinerstrasse, 1
Schedule: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm / Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 9 pm.


Museums in Vienna

Photo: Gryffindor / Wikimedia Commons

The Mumok is the largest modern art museum in Central Europe. The dark gray cuboid structure clad in basalt stone houses an unusual collection, showcasing important works from Classical Modernism, Pop Art, Fluxus and Viennese Activism through paintings, sculptures, photographs, letters, cinema and current media.

From Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol and Franz West, the museum features collections and special exhibitions from the biggest names in art, representing a blend of tradition and experience. 

Address: Museumsplatz 1, A-1070
Schedule: Monday from 2pm to 7pm, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm, Thursday from 10am to 9pm

Leopold Museum


Best Museums in Vienna. Photo: Leopold Museum / Publicity

Also in the MuseumsQuartier area, the Leopold Museum houses around 6,000 works, consolidating itself as one of the most important collections of Austrian art in the world. The museum's properties are items from the private collection of Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold, two ophthalmologists who since the 1950s have amassed a unique collection of art from the second half of the 19th century and modernism. Their extraordinary passion for art allowed them to collect artists such as Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt – who, until the 1960s, were considered taboo. 

In addition to the Leopolds' collection, the museum also has the exhibition "Vienna circa 1900". There it is possible to follow in depth the historical developments of art from the Biedermeier period, to atmospheric impressionism, expressionism and New Objectivity. 

Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070
Schedule: Daily (except Thursdays) from 10 am to 6 pm. Thursdays from 10 am to 9 pm

Hofburg Palace

Best Museums in Vienna

Must-see museums in Vienna. Photo: boesijana / Unsplash

The Hofburg Palace served as the residence of the Habsburg family, who ruled Austria from the 11th century until the 1910s. Austrian National Library, the Winter Riding School and even the office of the President of Austria.

The most emblematic visits in the Hofburg Palace are the imperial apartments (Kaiserappartements). There are 19 rooms perfectly decorated and furnished, preserving all the splendor of the Habsburg monarchy. Still to express the luxury of the imperial family, the palace also houses the objects of court silver, which have items such as china cabinets, silver and porcelain objects, kitchen utensils and table games. 

There it is also possible to visit the Sisi Museum, whose collection tells part of the intense life of the exceptional empress. There are six rooms that house several of Sisi's belongings, such as dresses and portraits that describe her rebellion against court life, her obsession with beauty and extreme thinness, and the state of deep melancholy that afflicted her. Always traveling the world, the empress was assassinated in 1898 in Geneva. 

Address: Michaelerplatz, 1.
Schedule: From September to June, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. / From July to August, from 9 am to 6 pm.

Madame Tussauds

Museums in Vienna

Must-see museums in Vienna. Photo: Plamen Agov / Wikimedia Commons

Madame Tussauds is famous around the world for exhibiting incredible wax sculptures of celebrities and great historical figures. The main one is located in England, but Tussauds has several other units around the world, one of them in Vienna. 

At the Vienna museum, visitors will find sculptures of personalities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Queen Elizabeth II, Empress Sisi and an area dedicated to the history of the Second World War.

Address: Riesenradplatz 5, 1020
Schedule: Every day from 10 am to 6 pm

Vienna Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches)

Museums in Vienna

Must-see museums in Vienna. Photo: Jorge Royan / WIkimedia Commons

Close to the MuseumsQuartier, the Museum of Art History of Vienna is already surprising in its surroundings. Surrounded by a large and well-kept garden, the imposing building of the museum stands in front of the identical building that houses the Museum of Natural History (Naturhistorisches Museum). 

Divided into three floors, the museum has an Oriental Egyptian collection, a collection of sculptures and decorative arts, Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as a large collection of Dutch, Flemish, German, Italian, Spanish and French paintings, which have pieces with names such as Caravaggio, Tiziano, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Canova, Raffaello, Brueghel (the Old and the Young), Dürer, Klimt, Rubens, Jan Steen, Jan van Eyck, Velázquez and Vermeer. 

Address: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday (except Thursday) from 10 am to 6 pm / Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm

Schonbrunn Palace 


Best museums in Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace. Photo: Edith Leigh / Pexels

Built in the 17th century, Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) is the huge summer residence that the imperial family used. During the visit, the tourist passes through the rooms, decorated in a rococo style, which draw attention for their sumptuousness.

Highlights of the visit include the Grand Gallery, used to celebrate imperial banquets, the Circular Chinese Room, used by Maria Teresa to hold private conversations with her Chancellor, the Breakfast Room and the Blue Chinese Room, where Charles I abdicated. of the throne in 1918.

After exploring the interior of Schönbrunn, the visitor can head to the Museum of Imperial Carriages and the Tiergarten, the oldest zoo in the world. Beyond, of course, the infinite gardens until you reach the Porch, which leads to a hill that offers a beautiful view of the palace.

Address: Schönbrunner Schloss Strasse, 47.
Schedules: April to June and September to October: from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm / July to August: from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm / November to March: from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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