Vienna Natural History Museum

Vienna Natural History Museum

Located in Museumsquartier, Vienna's Natural History Museum is home to a wide range of exhibitions that allow visitors to experience the incredible diversity of nature and to travel back in time through the history of our planet.

The museum building itself, which 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 into two floors: the lower floor is dedicated to Europe's most extensive collection of precious stones, minerals, and even meteorites, as well as several 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 a fascinating insight into the history of taxidermy over the centuries, but they also allow us 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's 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's 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:  16 (US$ 17.20).
Senior citizens:  12 (US$ 12.90).
Students under 27 years old:  12 (US$ 12.90).
Children under 19 years old: free entry.
Vienna Pass holders: free entry.


Metro: Volkstheater, lines U2 and U3.
Tram: Schmerlingplatz, line 46; Dr.Karl Renner Ring, lines 1, 2, 46, 49 and D.
Bus: Heldenplatz, line 2A; Burgring, line 57A; Dr.Karl Renner Ring, line 48A.