the natural history museum is located in a almost identical building across maria theresia platz from the kunsthistorisches museum. the natural history museum has on display several dinosaur skeletons and numerious stuffed animals. what i found most interesting was a collection of prehistoric archaeological finds from the vienna area. some examples are the 'venus of willendorf" dating back 24,000 years ago, an iron age wagon, and a display of prehistoric human skulls. a very interesting museum to visit when in vienna.
Here you can see prehistoric mammals/animals, insects, gemstones/minerals, pterodactyls, birds, etc. The 25,000 year-old "Venus of Willendorf" can also be seen in here. There is also a cafe in the hall of the museum.
Open daily except Tuesday
9 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Wed 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wed 5p.m., 6:30p.m., Sun. 2p.m.
€ 8 to get in.
The Museum of Natural History or Naturhistorisches Museum is situated at Maria-Theresien-Platz, which is part of the museum quarters. The building itself is a mirror image of the Kunsthistoriches Museum or the Art History Museum
You can find many stuffed animals in their zoology department, depicting many species of mammals, reptiles, etc. The Gem Hall has a huge topaz weighing over 100kg, and a pretty bouquet of Maria Theresia jewels.
One highlight is the Venus of Willendorf, sculptured over 20,000 years ago and probably a symbol of fertility
Admission if 8 euros for adults
Open daily except Tuesday
Naturhistorisches Museum (The Museum of Natural History) is a mirror image of the 1 facing it-Kunsthistorisches Museum (the Museum of Fine Arts). There you can see numerous prehistoric, zoological, paleontolic, botanical and mineralogical exhibits.
The museum was built in 1881.
This is really a must see museum. There are all kinds of animal species dating back to 750 million years. It has a large collection. The museum is itself a historical monument with a lovely restaurant inside.
One of the most important museums in the world. Today it contains arround 20 milion exibits. Starting with minerals, small and very large rocks, cristals, jewel stones, meteorites, then to antic fossils, dinosaurs skeletons, clay, bronze and metal age halls, mammals, birds, reptiles, animals..all under the same roof...huge one though, this building is larger than life.
Across Maria-Theresien-Platz is the Natural History Museum. I personally liked the other museum much better, but this one also had an impressive collection including the famous Venus of Willendorf, a 24,000 year old sculpture made by humans and found in Austria. There is also a collection of dinosaurs, minerals, and extinct animals.
Admission is charged. Hours are 9 AM - 6:30 PM on Wednesday, and 9 AM - 6 PM Thursday through Monday.
The Naturhistorisches Museum or Natural History Museum is housed in a grand neo-Renaissance. It is probably most notable for it collection of pre-historic artifacts. Beyond that there are the usual displays of stuffed animals and minerals. When I visited there was an exhibit of animated dinosaurs but I believe that this was only temporary. On a whole the museum seemed rather tired and required some restoration.
The museum is open from 9am to 6pm except on Tuesday when it is closed. It cost 2.15 Euros to visit.
The next place that you'll find walking by the ring is The Natural History Museum and also the Arts Museum.They are located just next to the Hofburg Palaces.They are two of most importants museums in the city,so if you have the chance,you can spend few hours seeing them.
The 'Venus of Willendorf' is the name that was given to a female figurine that was found in 1908 by an archeologist named Joseph Szombathy in a Aurignacian loess deposit near the town of Willendorf in Austria. It is now in the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna. The statue was carved from oolitic limestone and was colored with red orche. It measures 110 mm in height and is dated 30,000 and 25,000 BC
This statue is an important icon of prehistory.
( By the way... Willendorf is located at that beautiful region, the Wachau, in between the cities of Melk and Krems )
This is one of the places I have most wanted to see...
Besides the beauty of its architecture and the collections of fossiles, dinossaurs and all that stuff we always find in Natural Hystory museums all over the world ( which I always liked a lot, by the way... ), the main reason of going there - to me - was a tiny little statue I've always wanted to see: The Venus of Willendorf.
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Burgring 7, A-1014 Wien
Museum of natural History and Museum of Fine Arts are mirror images, placed facing one another on the outside periphery of the Ring. You need a full day to visit these two museums, which is totally breath taking. I think you will find more Egyptian treasures here than in Egypt itself. There collection is enormous. In the Fine Arts museum you will find beautiful works of Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Titian, Velazques and Raphael but to mention a few.
Located across from the Fine Arts Museum, the Natural History Museum was built between 1871 and 1891. The museum houses one of the largest natural science collections in Europe, with sections covering mineralogy, botany, paleontology, zoology and prehistory.
One of the most famous and precious thing in Naturhistorisches Museum is Venus from Willendorf.
This figure was founded in a small village called Willendorf in 1908 year. She has about 24 000 years.
The downside of walking around at 8am is that nothing is open. While I'd still prefer the amazing facade of the MNH in London, the Viennese counterpart is also impressive.