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“Fantastically Done Museum”

Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library
Ranked #114 of 610 things to do in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: All about the globe The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library in the magnificent setting of Palais Mollard is unique in the world. Discover over 250 exhibits involving a total of 750 objects in the exhibition area – including exclusive terrestrial and celestial globes, globes of the moon and other planets as well as numerous astronomical instruments.
Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Small, quaint, well done! Interesting history of globes, types, collectors, makers, designers. A unique topic but well worth an hour or more if it interests you. The audio guide was great!

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

I discovered this museum on one of the Vienna tourist maps and, for a self-admitted cartography geek, this was right up my alley. And the cost of 4 euros made it even more appealing.

It's a small museum that tells this history of globe-making and has dozens of terrestrial and celestial globes of varying ages and sizes (from several inches in diameter to nearly four feet in diameter).

It was interesting to see how land masses and countries changed on globes over the centuries as more and more knowledge was gained about the world we live in.

Again, this museum probably isn't for everyone, but it was a great way to spend an hour or so inside on a cold, snowy December afternoon.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This seemed like a fun little museum in an amazing building. The pictures on TripAdvisor made it look like the globes were housed in a bright, two-story Baroque library, but they aren't. They're kept away from natural light, but still beautiful in themselves. The museum covers the history of globes, both terrestrial and celestial as well as giving the name of the most famous globe makers from Italy - in case you're starting your collection.

Overall - fun, funky and great pieces of art as well as windows into the perceived geography of the day.

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Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

We feel this is definitely worth the money as you learn a lot more than you expect. Some of th globes and information around their history is fascinating, very highly recommended.

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Reviewed January 9, 2012

I am a geography and globe nerd, so this was right up my alley. i dragged my partner along to check out the museum and we got in at a discounted price because we were both students. There were a large number of globes on display from many different years. Being from Australia, it was interesting to see what some cartographers thought was where Australia is, and wandering through the displays waiting for Australia to appear! There are a few interactive computers that would appeal to kids and adults. Even my partner who had no real want to visit the museum was surprised and enjoyed the displays. If you have a spare hour or two in Vienna, I would recommend trying out a museum with a difference.

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