I felt singularly lucky because the "Treasures of the Hapsburgs" exhibit just reopened when I decided to visit. If I didn't see this, my rating may have just been 4-stars.
I was amazed at the budget of this museum because much has been invested in making this museum extremely worthwhile. The Ancient Egyptian part of the exhibit was impressive, complete with actual mummies, sarcophagi and (personally interesting) scarab beetles.
The Hapsburg treasures were truly amazing--gold combs, gold-filigreed cabinets and calculators and model ships. It's as if the Hapsburgs had dibs on all available gold at the time. There were rooms and rooms and rooms filled with their treasures. Near indescribable! And I was told that this was not their entire collection. Wow.
The upper floors contained the royal family's art collection...and this was floor to ceiling artworks. I had to keep reminding myself that only 1 family owned all of this. Whatever description I put here will not do justice to the museum; it deserves a visit.
I went on a Thursday afternoon because it is open up to 9 pm on Thursdays. I spent 3 hours here and could have used a little more. A 4 to 5-hour visit would be just right...relaxed pace, a light snack and a full appreciation of the value of this place.
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