The Museum of Military History – Military History Institute (German: Heeresgeschichtliches Museum – Militärhistorisches Institut) in Vienna is the leading museum of the Austrian Armed Forces. It documents the history of Austrian military affairs through a wide range of exhibits comprising, above all, weapons, armours, tanks, aeroplanes, uniforms, flags, paintings, medals and badges of honour, photographs, battleship models, and documents. Although the museum is owned by the Federal Government, it is not affiliated to the Federal museums but is organised as a subordinate agency reporting directly to the Ministry of Defence and Sports.
The museum building (Arsenal object number 18) is the centrepiece of Vienna's Arsenal, a huge military complex previously consisting of a total of 72 buildings erected in the wake of the 1848/49 revolution. The Arsenal was the largest building project of the young Kaiser Franz Joseph I in his first years of reign, and served to consolidate his neoabsolutist position of power, as opposed to the revolutionary Vienna of 1848. It was Danish architect Theophil Hansen who designed what was then referred to as the weapons museum. The museum was completed on 8 May 1856, just six years after the beginning of construction (15 April 1850), making it the oldest museum building – planned and executed as such – in Austria. At the time of its construction, the Arsenal was located outside the outer ring of fortifications; in 1850, however, the area was incorporated into Vienna along with the original Favoriten (4th District; as of 1874, 10th District; since 1938, the Arsenal forms part of Vienna's 3rd District). Along the south-west side of the Arsenal ran the Vienna-Raab railway, for which the main Vienna station, the Wiener Bahnhof had been opened in 1848.
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Matt Smith | Feb 11, 2018
Arrived just before closing time and didn't see too much. What I did see told me to come here again and have a proper look. Loved the Napoleonic eagles, the terrific displays of plate mail, musketry. There is such history here. I understand there's a working T34 Soviet tank here. That has to be a sight to behold.
Thomas Maierhofer | Mar 24, 2018
Typical Viennese museum. Very nice expositions - well done. Not too crowded as well. Parking right in front of the door. Can you ask for more?
Parnian Jadidian | Jan 16, 2018
It's really sad. They have some of the most unique things I've ever seen in a museum and I've been to far too many museums in my life. But the staff here are really rude and it's clear they're not used to having a lot of tourists here. When we went they didn't even have the English audio guides. Only German and Russian. And all the signs are in German so we spent a lot of time deciphering German using Google translate. I literally wanted to see 2 more items before we left the museum but despite it being open till 5, they rather bluntly kicked us out at 4:30. I think this might be a Viennese culture thing though cause a few other places did that to us. If you go, focus your time on their world war collection. It's very fascinating. Unfortunately their tank yard was closed when we visited but it must be a delight to see. Expect it to be a quiet less well known than other tourist spots in the city. Fyi their cafe has no good food so don't show up hungry. If you're tight on time, you could tour this place in under 2 hours.
vashon m | Apr 13, 2018
Awesome museum dealing with the military history of Vienna. Was a fun visit and lots of interesting information throughout the history.
HR Agency | Apr 11, 2018
A must to visit. Lots of interesting stuff. Related to military but not agresive, kids seems to enjoy it a lot. It's more like a history "book"
Winky_Junior | May 18, 2018
We went on the 1st Sunday of the month as tickets are free and I'm a bargain hunter. Having been now I would say that even if you do pay the tickets are worth the price, there are 4 parts of the museum containing a large collection of military weapons, uniforms/armour, vehicles (including the in which Franz Ferdinand was shot in 1914). Great day out in a good location.
Sean | May 23, 2018
Probably my favorite museum I've been to in Europe. If your a history buff and interested in military history from 1500-1945 this place is loaded with cool items to see. We spent a few hours and got to see pretty much everything. Really cool place.
Daniel Lee | Jun 2, 2018
This is a great place to see the history of Austria at war, and features more items used in battle rather than ceremony (as seen in the Imperial Armoury). The displays consist of indoor (2 floors) and outdoor (for tanks and such). Best of all it is FREE on the day I went!
Sri ram | Jun 18, 2018
There was a scale down version of battle ship.. Tank show was good. Worth visiting. Free entrance for few weekends in a month
Blue Moon | Jun 27, 2018
I was totaly amazed with museum and museum exhibition. Would like to mention World War I exhibition that is just mind blowing. Great descriptions all around the museum and for history fans this one is must visit.
Vlad Neculicioiu | Aug 17, 2018
One of the best museums in Vienna. They have a great selection of armors, guns etc. The museum covers a great span of history, from around the 15-16th century to modern times. They also have a lot of tanks on display: various models of the British centurion tank, self propelled guns, Russian tanks, French tanks etc. Wonderful experience. Cannot recommend it enough. Also the gift shop has a wide range of cool stuff.
Tyler Prior | Jul 27, 2018
Very humbling and informative experience. Easy to lose hours and hours wandering the exhibits. Amazing to see the history of the Austro-Hungarian empire and how it led up to WW1 and WW2. Franz Ferdinand’s uniform and the Car of Sarajevo are exhilarating to see in person. Helped to visualize the history we’ve all been taught, and really drives home how careful we all should be moving forward
Jo Foord | Jul 24, 2018
Really interesting & well presented exhibition. It was great to be able to collect the printed(multi lingual) info sheets that detail the history of the campaigns & exhibits.If there's 1 thing that would help with the exhibition,it would be to have additional exhibit notes(by the glass cases) in another language & not just German. Other than that,a great way to learn about Austrias military history.Well worth a visit.
dereklee 0706 | Jul 29, 2018
Amazing museum to visit, covering a range of war periods. Stunning museum inside and out. Great WW1 & WW2 displays. Only disappointment is that there was no english caption for items, but great museum anyways. Highlight was the car and uniform Archduke Franz Ferdinand died in in Sarajevo in June 28 1914.
Annamária Nagy | Jul 30, 2018
Amazing! Great place to visit. If you're in Vienna, make sure to see this museum! It would've been nice to see some English text, though. If you don't speak German, you're going to be in trouble. Staff doesn't really speak English either.
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