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Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Military History, one of the most important history museums in the world, is situated right in the centre of the Arsenal. About five-hundred years of Austrian and European History are depicted in the collections exhibited in the main building, which has kept its character of an artistic synthesis, making visible, by means of thousands of original exhibits, a part of world cultural heritage. In five major sections the museum shows the history of the Habsburg empire from the end of the 16th century until 1918 and Austria's fate after the dissolution of the monarchy up to the year 1945.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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..

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Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

We braved the walk from the museums quarter to the military history museum and found it to be very interesting, split into two floors: upstairs- they have a great range of artefacts from the middle ages up til the 1800's including more swords, spears, guns and muskets than you know what to do with. Downstairs- ww1 era installations including the car and uniform (featuring bloodstains) in which archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot. The excellent exhibit of pre-ww2 and ww2 propaganda, uniforms and weaponary (guns, vehicles, bits of planes, uniforms and the reclaimed mid sunction of a sunken u-boat) is definately the highlight though- sadly the tank garden is closed between the start of november and march but it looked as though it would have been great fun to look round! (i guess tanks and artillery pieces dont like people looking at them when they are cold)

One critisism would be the unfriendly and disintersted nature of the two gentlemen on the front desk. When we arrived it would appear we had interrupted a busy day sitting around doing very little and we were grumpily issued our tickets and told to hand in our coats and back-pack. The coat-fairy took our bag and coat reluctantly and gave us a tag without a word. A shame in our visit to a national museum in a major city to be made to feel so unwelcome- otherwise a sight well worth seeing (would recommend audio tour for non-german speakers as most of the exhibits are not labelled in english)

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This could be one of the best military museums in Europe but since I've only been to four or five I'll have to wait. The museum is a short walk from the tram lines at the South Train Station--pleasant through a nice part. The building was purpose build to be a military museum and the architecture inside and out is fantastic. The displays of uniforms and militaria is excellent with well preserved items from the 1700's. This is well worth a visit to those interested in military history.

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Even if you are not interested in a military museum, the building itself is a beauty. At the little restaurant through the courtyard you can order a great mixed grill platter. The Whole Habsburg military diversity is displayed in the museum, all the different cultures from within the Empire are present. great!

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This museum has many displays of arms and armor and other artifacts. A highlight is the car Franz Josef was in when assassinated which started WWI.

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