Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), Vienna

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Housed in an ornate palace, Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) features a collection of artifacts that has been growing for the last 250 years. Emperor Franz I Stephan of Lorraine is credited with beginning the collection in 1750. Today, the museum is home to about 30 million objects relating to earth and life sciences. The first floor is dedicated to animal life, with exhibit halls focusing on vertebrates, crabs, arachnids, insects, mollusks, and protozoans. In the museum's mezzanine, learn about minerals, fossils, dinosaurs, the earth's history, and anthropology. The museum is best known for its dinosaur skeletons and extensive collection of meteorites. Don't miss the Venus of Willendorf, the nearly complete skeleton of a Stellar's sea cow, an animal that has been extinct for more than 200 years. By using our Vienna trip maker tool , you can arrange your visit to Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) and other attractions in Vienna.
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  • The Natural History Museum houses a fascinating collection of fossils, from the origins of life to Homo sapiens, displayed in different rooms according to a chronological order. In one of the rooms dedicated to dinosaurs, real "stars" of museums like this, there is also an animatronic model of an allosaurus. The rooms dedicated to contemporary species are also very well made, with taxidermized animals and diorama of great realism. Personally, for lack of expertise in this matter, I found the mining section less interesting. A little thin maybe the descriptive tags. At the end of the day, a museum of great interest, even didactic.
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  • Wooooow, It's one of the best museums I've ever visited! Cool exhibitions of minerals, ancient skeletones of animals, fish, humans and etc! We spent there 4 hours and could spend even more! Except abs...  more »
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  • Best place ever. I enjoyed it so much. Will definitely come back for the space section. Watching the Venus was a dream since I was little, and the collection of meteorites was incredible... also the dinosaur section, and the parasites section... and it all. It is a place to visit and spend time in so to really enjoy it. Highly recommended!!! (I am not a nerd I promise) Ok I am.
  • The museum is huge, you can easily spend half a day there, at a leisure pace. The building itself is gorgeous but it also has an extensive collection of items to look at it. It can become quite hot in the summer as there is no air conditioning inside. The tickets have moderate prices and it's worth visiting as a first time tourist in Vienna.
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