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“One of my favourite museums”

Vienna Crime Museum
Ranked #608 of 807 things to do in Vienna
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

A great museum, located in a quiet and atmospheric part of vienna, lots of information and its 2 euros extra for an english language guidebook (which you'll need since its all in german otherwise) - but overall an awesome museum, one of the best iv been to, well worth the money.

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Reviewed December 7, 2012

It is one of 400 museums in Vienna and is a fascinating place, suitable to a city in love with death. its off the beaten track and can be difficult to find. Admission is low but it obvious that they get few tourists as few signs are in English. That does not really bother me as I speak German, but it is awkward when you are with people who only speak English. The staff are less than welcoming in any language and represent Vienese grumpiness.
The exhibits are not for the faint hearted but very educational and the visit will make an impression.

2  Thank Ronan O
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

The exhibits at the Vienna Crime Museum bear out the notion that you really have to be clever or lucky to get away with murder. I enjoyed my visit, but one visit will be enough. The displays with the exhibits are in German. An English guide book is available (for 2 euros). I found its contents are useful but limited. Many exhibits are grisly, and I found the multiple displays of mutilations and skull-bashings to be repetitive (as were the crimes themselves). As a forensic scientist, I was surprised to learn the history of Vienna's pioneering use of modern scientific methods in solving crimes, such as photographing crime scenes. I was surprised, too, to learn that INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organization, was founded in Vienna in 1923. (INTERPOL is now headquartered in Lyon, France.)
The museum includes the original "Instrument F", the guillotine used by the National Socialists (Nazis) from 1938-1945 to execute thousands of men and women - some were ordinary criminals but most were those who opposed to the rule of the Nazis.
The museum is located in the Leopold District and is an easy walk to the east and south from the Tarborstrasse U-bahn stop (U2 line). The Leopold District is worth a visit in itself, as it was the second district of the modern city of Vienna and housed the Jewish ghetto until Emperor Leopold I expelled the Jews from Vienna in 1670 - a sad chapter that is told in greater detail in one of the two Jewish Museums near Vienna's Stephanplatz.

8  Thank Benjamin G
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

You have to speak German, oterwise is no Chance to understand. because there is not Translation at all. But it shows in a very informativ Way about great Storys from the Viennese Criminal Storys.

2  Thank Kagraner
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

Stumbled upon one day and was happy to find an appropriately designed museum of crime and the early attempts to create a criminal justice system that used evidence rather than mob opinion. You walk through a series of kind of cramped, albeit high-ceilinged, rooms and then through a basement; it compliments the sense of gloom that the stories bring.

* Not a appropriate for young children in the sense that there is a lot of text here and due to black and white photos of crime victims that children may or may not be able to understand as dead and bloody. There is also a skull or two and many weapons. Teenagers may perk up, however.
* If you don't read German, I recommend buying the 16-page guide, which gives you an overview of each room.
* This is more history than science; the CSI stuff runs through about the mid 20th Century. The discovery of the fingerprint is high tech here.

2  Thank chrispmorgan
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