Vienna’s museums are among the best in the world, with works of global importance, and attracting top international exhibitions.
The city is a bit of a paradise for art lovers. It’s hard to go a few metres without stumbling into something that would fetch a few million at Sothebys.
The top address is the Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum), which oversees a number of important sights and collections, including the Kunstkammer and Schatzkammer. Positions two and three in the art museum hit parade are taken by Belvedere and the Albertina.
If you’re looking for more modern works, try the MQ (Museumsquartier) with its exhibitions, Leopold Collection, and Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK), or the MAK Museum of Applied Arts. The Augarten Porcelain Museum has a nice mix of classic and contemporary pieces.
The Hofburg complex includes the Sisi Museum and Silberkammer (Imperial silver collection), which take you into the world of the Habsburg household and the lives of Empress Elisabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph. For more imperial splendor, explore the Hofmobilien furniture collection. The Hofburg is also close to the Dom Museum.
Many composer residences are now their own little museums, such as the Beethoven Museum, Schubert’s birthplace (Geburtshaus) and place of death (Sterbewohnung), Mozart’s house and apartment, or the Beethoven Pasqualatihaus.
And if you like the idea of pressing a doorbell marked “Professor Freud” and entering the apartment of that same fellow, then try the Sigmund Freud Museum.
Freud had to flee Vienna after the rise to power of the Nazis. To discover more about the history of the Jewish community in the city, visit the excellent Jewish Museum.
Watch this space for more museums as I get round to visiting them all (there are lots).