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“A good overview of Austrian military history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum)

Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum)
Arsenal Objekt 1, Vienna 1030, Austria (Landstraße)
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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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“A good overview of Austrian military history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Don't be fooled by its out-of-the-way position on the edge of town, or indeed the relatively cheap entry price - this is a great museum crammed with artefacts and information. You can pick up a free audioguide when you buy your ticket (plus a special "photo allowance pass" if you want to take pics!) which is worth it because the majority of the information on the displays themselves is only in German. Just keep your eyes peeled for the blue audioguide numbers. There are also information sheets in numerous languages at the start of each room, which give you an informative overview of the historical context for that particular section. To go chronologically, you have to go upstairs first and then work your way down, and don't forget to look at the building itself too on your way round - the Hall of Fame with its paintings of various military victories is a particular highlight. There's so much here that you could easily spend hours wandering around, but if you're short of time be sure to have a look at Archduke Ferdinand's car and the Second World War sections before you leave.

Visited February 2013
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“Out of the way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

This museum is a little difficult to find, but is well worth the effort. The entire history of the Austrian military is displayed with terrific artifacts and paintings. My high school world history suddenly became alive by seeing maps, uniforms, art, and military equipment well preserved and explained. The entry fee is modest for the experience.

Visited December 2012
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“Incredible building with varied and interesting exhibits.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Four hours of Austro-Hungarian military history! I survived and really enjoyed it. My husband is a knowledgeable military historian and it was really helpful to have him there because there are only English information panels in part of the museum. The building itself is incredible with an amazing ceiling on the first floor.

Visited January 2013
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“One of the best Military museums”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

If this is not the best Military museum then it would be very close to it.
Every corner the displays are done so well. The floors and rooms separate different time periods.
When we walked around the corner and found the actual car Archduke Ferdinand was in when it was killed we were a little shocked to be so close to history.
Outstanding displays even for a non-military buff.

Visited January 2013
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“HUGE Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The museum is absolutely worth a visit. We only had an hour which was far too little. The museum is abolutely massive, with an enormous collection spanning many hundred years of history. From the Thirty Years War to WWII, there is almost too much to see. The automobile from Sarajevo was a definitive highlight. The museum is also very good value.
They provide information in english and many other languages on papers found in each exhibit. You can take these papers with you if you wish. They have guided tours, which is a good idea, in german, and I think they do them in english if you book in advance.
There was a museum café in the middle of the museum, but also several other cafés in the surroundings and in the Schweizergarten. Most of them were closed, but they are probably open in summer. The Schweizergarten park itself was very beautiful, and probably more so in summer.

Take the tram from the city center to avoid the long walk from the subway through the building site which is to become the new Südbanhof.

Visited January 2013
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