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Reviewed 28 October 2018

We started upstairs, as directed, with the long and complex history of Austria’s military engagements represented in art, and by maps, models, uniforms, weapons etc. The highlight however was on the ground floor - the low-lit room displaying the actual car in which the archduke and duchess were shot in 1914, together with Franz Ferninand’s bloodied coat and the sofa on which he died. A compilation of film footage and photo stills taken on the day, and during the anti-Serb riots that followed, played on a loop. Sections dedicated to each year of the Great War, with key events and displays, followed. You can’t take photos, at least in some sections. There’s a good cafeteria-style cafe and a small gift shop on the ground floor.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

I have nearly visited all war museums that i visited so this one of best. If you are interested this kind of museums, you should check that one.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

An unique museum with a great understanding of its topic and a complete assembly of all kinds of wargear. Also it offers a great educational method about the Monarhy and the Great War. You won't be diaappointed - just keep track of the time!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

This is one of the best military museums in Europe. Once a major barracks, it now houses a wonderfully eclectic collection of military exhibits throughout the complex. It was unfortunate that we had only a little over two hours for our visit as it would easily take 3-4 hours to do this excellent location justice. Do not leave Vienna without paying a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

This has got to be one of the best history museums in the world and I have been to many. I read a newspaper article once which listed the top 20 museums in the world and I have been to 19 of the 20 so I know what I am talking about.

This museum has heaps of original artefacts, museums, weapons in Austrian history. My favourite is the WW1 section which includes the original car and uniform that Archduke Franz Ferdinand wore and was driven in when he was assassinated in Sarajevo which caused WW1. His uniform still has his blood stains on and the car still has the bullet hole that hit his pregnant wife Sophie. There are also detailed accounts on the ultimatum sent to Serbia. I have always tried to research what the 1 ultimatum that Serbia rejected was which lead to the war and other historical books always said it was a very unreasonable request from Austria, but according to this museum the 1 item that Serbia rejected which lead to Austria declaring war on them was Austrians demanded that their own Austrian Investigators be involved in the assassination investigation and have inhabited access to these investigations. The reason is because the Austrians suspected the murderer was not a lone wolf but acted under the instructions of the Serbian Government as part of a larger plot. The Serbian government refused this request, which lead to the war. In my opinion, if the Serbian government was really innocent they would have allowed that request, but the fact that they didn't probably points to some sinister plot and therefore the Austrians were probably justified in declaring war. Anyway the war cost the Habsburg's their empire.
The exhibits around WW1 are so good there, better than the other war museums I have been to including the British War Museum.

The WW2 exhibits are fairly light though, possible because the Austrians are ashamed of their alliance with Nazi Germany these days. There is a really good section on Austrian Navy.

Except for the WW1 section, the other sections have less English translations. This museum only cost 6 euros too. It is a must for anyone with interest in WW1.

Museum is easy to get to via public transport.

How to get to the Museum of Military History Vienna.
(1) take train to central Vienna train station
(2) either walk for around 10-15 minutes from the central train station or take bus 13A or 69A from the stop outside the central train station and get off at stop Arsenal - it is about 3 or 4 stops from the central train station. From stop Arsenal it is 3 minutes walk to the museum, in fact you can see the building in front of you. It is the very large red brick castle like structure.

Date of experience: September 2018
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