Located in the Museumsquartier, Vienna's Natural History Museum is home to a number of exhibitions which allow visitors to discover the diversity of nature as well as travelling back in time to the beginning of our planet.
The museum building itself, opened in 1889, is the identical twin of the Art History Museum which faces it across Maria Theresia Platz.
Discover the museum
The Natural History Museum's exhibitions are divided between two floors: the lower floor is dedicated to Europe's most extensive collection of precious stones, minerals and even meteorites, as well as a number of displays surrounding prehistoric culture, the evolution of humankind, and paleontological discoveries. The famous Venus of Willendorf, a figurine estimated to be 30,000 years old, is on display here.
On the upper floor, visitors can explore a huge collection of different animal species, including insects, birds and mammals. Not only do these exhibitions provide fascinating insight into the history of taxidermy over the centuries, but they also give us the opportunity to see now-extinct creatures such as Steller's sea cow.
To celebrate the museum's 125th anniversary, a new Digital Planetarium was opened. Its projection technology gives visitors the chance to take awe-inspiring virtual journeys across the Milky Way galaxy in incredible scientific detail.
One of the best
Like all of Vienna's museums, the Natural History Museum is a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike.
What's more, it is also home to over 60 full-time scientists who carry out research into a wide range of topics related to human, earth and life sciences, and it is therefore considered one of the most important natural museums in the world.
Thursday to Monday: from 9 am until 6:30 pm.
Wednesdays: from 9 am until 9 pm.
Closed: Mondays, 1st January and 25th December.
Adults: € 12 (US$ 14.20)
Senior citizens: € 10 (US$ 11.90)
Students, apprentices and soldiers under 27 years old: € 7 (US$ 8.30)
Children under 19 years old: free entry.
Vienna Pass holders: free entry.