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“Worth it to see Archduke Franz Ferdinand's car”

Museum of Military History
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Ranked #38 of 777 things to do in Vienna
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Military History, one of the most important history museums in the world, is situated right in the centre of the Arsenal. About five-hundred years of Austrian and European History are depicted in the collections exhibited in the main building, which has kept its character of an artistic synthesis, making visible, by means of thousands of original exhibits, a part of world cultural heritage. In five major sections the museum shows the history of the Habsburg empire from the end of the 16th century until 1918 and Austria's fate after the dissolution of the monarchy up to the year 1945.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 29 May 2012

This is a very good museum, but you do need to get an audio guide in English (unless you speak German). It would be difficult to know what you are looking at, without one.
The pride of the collection is the magnificent car in which Franz Ferdinand was riding when he was assassinated, thus sparking off world war 1. It is in a wonderful state of preservation, complete with bullet hole in the door. A must see for military history buffs.

Date of experience: May 2012
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

This was a great museum. We estimated 3 hours to cover it all, but I'd say 5 is more realistic if you want to listen to every number on the audio guide. We spent most of our time in the 17th & 18th century wings on the second floor. Definitely take the audio guide as most of the plaques are in German.

Date of experience: May 2012
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

The only issue I had as an English speaker is that I needed someone to help me with what I was seeing, but this is am impressive museum in an impressive building. We attended a dinner here, and it was outstanding.

Date of experience: May 2012
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

I loved this museum but I must confess to being a war and history geek so the exhibits here from the middle ages through to WW2 were right up my alley. There are a few issues if you are an english speaker. Get the audio guide it's a must and also in each hall there is a yellow handout that gives a brief history of that hall and explains the displays as they are only written in German

Date of experience: May 2012
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

Of all the museums, (and I've been to almost all 200 of them), this one is one of the best. The military armor display is just incredible. Well worth the price of admission.

Date of experience: April 2012
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