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Museum of Military History

A Phenomenal Glimpse into Austria’s Military History

A museum like no other! For a thrilling and extremely informative experience, you must visit the Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum), the oldest museum in Vienna. From the moment you walk into the museum, you will be in awe of the building. The museum, dominated by Moorish-Byzantine and neo-Gothic styles, was built between 1850 and 1856 with the plans of Ludwig Förster and Theophil Hansen as a centerpiece of the Arsenal military complex.

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Museum of Military History Vienna

Take an in-depth look at the history of the Habsburg Monarchy from the end of the 16th century to the end of the monarchy in 1918, and the later years until 1945. The primary focus is on the role of the army and military history on the high seas. You will be amazed at how much you can learn about war, the military, technology, science, art, and architecture at this truly unique museum.

There are many noteworthy, must-visit parts to the museum. The Franz Joseph Hall includes several personal objects that belonged to the Emperor and his son, Crown Prince Rudolf. There's an area where you can see the car in which Franz Ferdinand and his wife were shot in 1914, as well as the Archduke’s chilling blood-soaked uniform jacket. You need to check out the collection known as the “Marine Hall”, which exhibits Austria’s history as a naval power. Austria was a major naval force for over 200 years! And there are other rooms dedicated to Prince Eugene, Maria Theresia, and several of Austria’s wars.

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum

 Franz Joseph Hall in Museum of Military History Vienna

 

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Address: Arsenal Objekt 1, 1030 Wien, Austria
Phone: 43-1-795610

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