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Naturhistorisches Museum - NHM, Vienna: 40 reviews and 99 photos

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We had planned a two hours visit but at noon we had only seen the upper ground floor (Hochparterre) of the museum and came back in the afternoon (the ticket is valid for the whole day). It is not surprising as the display halls cover nearly 8.700 m2.
The NHM Vienna is one of the largest natural history museums of Europe. It is located in the imposing building Maria Theresien-platz opposite the KHM (photo 1) .

The collection was started around 1750 by Emperor Franz I, the husband of Maria-Theresia, and did from the start answer scientific criteria. Expansion continued first in the field of mineralogy (photo 3: Bouquet of gems given by Maria-Theresia to her husband) by Ignaz von Born - it is said that this scientist and freemason inspired Mozart for Sarastro of the Magic Flute - later from overseas expeditions with the participation, among others, of Alexander von Humboldt .
The collections became so important (presently there are 20 million objects) that Emperor Franz Joseph decided the construction of this museum by the same architects as the KHM. The NHM opened in 1889 .

During our visit in October there was a special exhibition called "Darwins rEvolution".
A number of scientific authorities and natural history museum curators in the EU find it nowadays a necessity to explain or to remember that there are scientific proven facts because some currents of opinion belonging to a specific religion from the Middle East or others, strange enough from the USA, deny scientific facts.
For details on the collections see my two reviews:
NHM Ground Floor
and NHM First Floor

The address of Naturhistorisches Museum is Burgring 7 but the visitor's entrance is on Maria Theresien-Platz.
Open: Thursday to Monday 9 - 18.30 h, Wednesday 9 - 21 h.
Closed: Tuesday, 1/01 and 25/12.
Price (2015): Adults 10 €, Vienna card 8€, Seniors 8€, Students 5 €. Under 19 yr free.

Address: A-1010 Wien / Maria-Theresienplatz
Directions: Metro U2, the station to get out is : Babenbergerstrasse / Volkstheater
Phone: +43 1 521770

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  • Updated Mar 15, 2015
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