Museums in Vienna's North (Self Guided), Vienna

Everyone would agree that Vienna is home to a vast range of world-renowned museums. Their impressive works of art, interesting exhibitions and unique collections captivate visitors. Taking this walking tour, you will become familiar with Vienna’s most famous museums located in the Northern Districts of the city.
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Museums in Vienna's North Map

Guide Name: Museums in Vienna's North
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Planetarium der Stadt Wien
  • Wiener Kriminalmuseum
  • Liechtenstein Museum
  • Josephinum-Museum des Instituts für Geschichte der Medizin
  • Volkskundemuseum
  • Fiaker Museum
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Planetarium der Stadt Wien

1) Planetarium der Stadt Wien

The Zeiss Planetarium, named after the famous Austrian lens maker, was the very first building of its kind in Austria. In the early days, the whole structure was made of wood. In 1928, the original location was moved to Prater, and the place redesigned. The building ended up suffering damage during World War II, but the keepers had the foresight to move the major equipment out ahead of time.

After the war, a new location was constructed in the Kaisergarten. Over the years, improvements have been made including the installation of a Mark IX laser projector. (ZUPLIP). This institution also works closely on development and planning with the Urania Observatory.

The dome of the structure sports a lens that measures 20 meters in diameter. Approximately 200 people can be in the observation deck at one time, making it a very popular place to go and view the stars.

Hours of Operation for the Zeiss are as follows:

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. until noon and 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. until noon and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fridays: 3.00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Weekends and Holidays: 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
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Wiener Kriminalmuseum

2) Wiener Kriminalmuseum

The Vienna Crime House is a must stop on a stay to the old city, as it is one of the most unusual places that could ever visit. It houses a set of displays that are totally devoted to some of the most famous crimes in Austrian history. In addition, you will see a historical breakdown of the use of capital punishment in the area here as well.

The location is built in the old Seifensiederhaus, which used to serve as a place to make soap in its past. It is also one of the older structures that still stand in the Second District. It has a history that dates all the way back to the attack by the Turkish Empire, when it was reconstructed in 1685.

Of the crimes that are documented here, perhaps the most fascinating are the stories of the famous murders. That records go all the way back to Medieval times. The organizational group has looked at evidence found in songs of the day, newspaper clippings, police reports, etc., to help bring about a real sense of what happened in the day.

You will learn about “murder most foul” from political coups, to death threats on the royal family, to real assassinations on political figures. Included also, though, are some of the developments of modern forensic science and police techniques that were used to solve the crimes.

The location is open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. If you call ahead (+43 664 300 56 77), you can also get a guided tour of the facility.
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Liechtenstein Museum

3) Liechtenstein Museum (must see)

This place is dedicated to the famous noble family named Liechtenstein. They are one of the oldest known royal families in all of Europe. You will find works here that were taken directly from the family treasures that help to also document the history of the famous family. It also houses a notable private collections of art works; one of the larger in the world in fact.

To visit the whole of the museum, though, you will have to go to several locations, as it has developed into a proper complex over the years. The two main structures to visit are the Garden Palace that is located in the Ninth District, and the City Palace, which is to be found in Bankgasse.

The Liechtenstein Garden Palace is perhaps the more exceptional of the two, and this may be the way to go, if you only have time to visit one place. Prince Johann von Liechtenstein had the home built in the early 1700s. There were many famous artisans of the day who contributed to the design, including the likes of 18th Century artists Rossi, Felucca, and Giuliani.
The groundskeepers are very strict, so you need to stay out of places marked off limits, as well as keeping off grass in the park. The place is fully handicap accessible though.

Operation hours: The Princely Collections: Friday - Tuesday 10 am - 5 pm. Surrounding gardens: daily 7.15 am - 8.30 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Josephinum-Museum des Instituts für Geschichte der Medizin

4) Josephinum-Museum des Instituts für Geschichte der Medizin

The Josephinum Museum is a true one of a kind place to visit. It was built in 1783, by a commission from the Emperor of the time, to be part of a medical teaching academy. In more recent times, the institution has been turned into a place to house the medical collection of the University of Vienna. The structure was designed by Isidore Canevale.

Joseph II had the place built as a school to teach physicians, nurses, and midwives how to care for people. One of the unique things about the place is the wax models that are housed here. They were originally used to teach anatomy to new students. Paolo Mascagni designed them. There are over 1100 different models to see, which are housed in six different display rooms.

Besides the main attraction, though, you can also find out a lot about the 600 year history of medicine in Austria, which has been so meticulously documented here over the years. You will need to take a guided tour to see the majority of the museum though. Only a few rooms are open to just browsing by the general public.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. unto 6:00 p.m. The guided tour occurs each day but Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. You have to call ahead and arrange a tour for Wednesdays.
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Volkskundemuseum

5) Volkskundemuseum (must see)

The Volkskundemuseum Wien/Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art is a museum dedicated to cultural history as well as historical and present everyday culture in Europe. Establishing a platform for the interaction between various academic disciplines and fields of arts, the museum offers an open space for researching and negotiating discourses in society.

The museum collections originate from the former Habsburg crown lands, today numbering more than 100.000 three-dimensional objects and more than 200.000 photographies and graphics and being continuously extended.

Established in 1896 Michael by Michael Haberlandt und Wilhelm Hein, the museum is housed in the Schönborn Garden Palace in the Josefstadt district of Vienna since 1917. As a cultural institution rooted in the 19th century, from early on the museum has encountered a constant development and reorientation according to the respective academic, political and societal turns of the 20th century.

Why You Should Visit:
Great collection of native art & everyday objects. Especially strongly represented here is anything made of wood – from cabinets and tables to Austria's very famous (and colorful) wood carvings.

Tip:
The museum café is especially attractive and has a wonderful outside garden to sip your tea or wine in warmer weather.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fiaker Museum

6) Fiaker Museum

To this day you can see horse-drawn carriages in Vienna’s city center. They are easily spotted in the streets of the first district. This is an exclusive and expensive form of transportation. Fiaker Museum presents pictures, photos, newspapers and other objects, explaining its history.
ATTN: Opening times: Every 1st Wednesday of the month, 10:00-12:00.

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