"History of justice and crime!" Wiener Kriminalmuseum Tip by coccinella169

Wiener Kriminalmuseum, Vienna: 1 reviews and 4 photos

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This is another quirky museum in Vienna. It is located in a lovely old building with a nice courtyard in the 2nd district. You can see the history of justice, police and crime in Vienna from middle ages till the 80ies of the previous century. You can read about spectacular criminal offences, see a lot of pictures and photos and old newspaper articles. Other exhibits are documents of death sentences, murder weapons and even mummified heads of delinquents! They tell you about the assassination attempt against emperor Franz Josef I. in 1853. You can see the the gloves of the brave man who helped to save the emperor drenched with Franz Joseph`s blood. By the way, thanks to this assasination attempt we have the Votive church in Vienna, as the emperor let it build out of his thankfulness for having survived! The last part of the exhibition is located in the basement of the museum and only for the ones with nerves of steel, as you can see a lot of photos of sites of crimes and victims - personally for me this was almost a bit too much. I´d suggest you leave the kids at home when visiting the museum! Entrance fee is 5 EUR, descriptions are in german only so it is a good idea to purchase the little guidebook in english for 1.50 EUR!
The area around the museum is the Karmeliter quarter. If you have some time, I recommend to go for a stroll there before or after visiting the museum. It is a nice, nostalgic area, with a lot of old fashioned shops and old houses. You can imagine how Vienna used to be in former times there. On Karmeliterplatz you find some restaurants to have a rest!

Address: Große Sperlgasse 24, 1020 Wien
Directions: from Schwedenplatz subway station cross the bridge, go up Taborstraße. There is a sign!
Phone: +43 664 3005677
Website: http://www.kriminalmuseum.at

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 19, 2007
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