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Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum)
Arsenal Objekt 1, Vienna 1030, Austria (Landstraße)
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Ranked #25 of 311 Attractions in Vienna
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum houses many fascinating historical artifacts including the car in which Archduke Ferdinand was riding in when he was assassinated in 1914.
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“Beautiful!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The building itself is worth the visit even if you aren't interested in Austria's military history. The whole visit was fascinating for my husband and I. It's all in German, however they do have print outs in all languages, and you can get the audio translation to bring along as you browse.

Visited January 2013
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“awesome collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Supposedly the oldest and largest purpose-built military history museum in the world, and also holds the largest collection of bronze cannons. The museum focuses on Austrian military history from the 16th century to 1945, and has a wicked collection of figureheads from old navy ships. The audio was wonderful but its a little hard to find the audio stickers so pay attention for the little blue stickers. you also have to buy rights to take pictures. overall its a cheep, knowledgeable, and interesting activity!

Visited December 2012
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“It's all in German but the building is beautiful”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

If you're interested in military history, this is a good museum. If you can't read German, get an audio guide. The building was really beautiful and worth visiting even if you don't care about military things.

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“Items from a famous point in world history and a good military museum.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Housed in the old arsenal building (which is interesting in its own right) the museum charts the military history of the Habsburg Empire which ended shortly after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo that heralded the start of World War 1. There are many items from the various wars, campaigns and battles that are well displayed but what really sets this museum apart is that they also have the car that the Archduke and his wife were assassinated in along with the clothes that he was wearing when he was killed. Considering that these relate to a very important time in history from which both world wars can be said to have their origins it is somewhat surprising to find them here in this museum which is a fair distance from Vienna's famous Ringstrasse (when they would surely be of interest to any history museum in the world). There is also a good selection of vehicles and items from World War II which was one of the best collections of such that I have seen. The museum also has a courtyard with an exhibition of tanks which was closed when I visited in winter. This was a shame as I would have liked to have seen them and I can't quite imagine that there would be any insurmountable problem to opening them to visitors during the winter months.

Visited December 2012
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This museum has many interesting displays. Highlights are the tanks and also the car that Franz Ferdinand was travelling in when he and his wife were assassinated..

Visited September 2012
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