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Military History Museum

Explore chronological exhibits that detail Austria’s dramatic military history spanning the 16th to the 20th century within this richly decorated museum.

Vienna’s Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum) presents a comprehensive insight into the history of the Austrian Armed Forces and the country’s military affairs. Discover a wide range of exhibits showcasing historical relics and prized artifacts within a heritage barracks complex. Wander through the beautifully decorated halls and galleries of this 19th-century arsenal, which was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I as an imperial army barracks and purpose-built museum.

The museum is organized chronologically, beginning with the tumultuous history of the Holy Roman Empire and its capital, Vienna, in 1588. Learn about the Thirty Years War and see suits of armor, weaponry and flags, as well as items from the Turkish forces. Visit the Hall of Revolutions to see some of the world’s oldest remaining military aircraft or continue onward to examine 19th-century paintings, cannons and preserved uniforms.

The Franz Josef Hall outlines the historic events that occurred in Sarajevo that ultimately led to World War I. Find out about early 20th-century technical innovations, including machine guns and military balloons. Learn about the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination in 1914 triggered the war.

Fascinating displays explain the fall of the Habsburg Monarchy and the events of World War I through digital displays and themed exhibitions, which include the role of women in the war, the effects of displacement and propaganda. Check out the 1899 mountain gun, which was established on the Ortler summit and was believed to be Europe’s highest gun placement. Explore exhibitions about the First Republic, as well as World War II and Austria’s annexation to Nazi Germany. 

The final hall details Austria’s navy and its history, displaying Danube galleys, ship models and figureheads. Make your way outside to the Tank Garden to see a wide range of combat vehicles. Grab a re-energizing Viennese coffee at the museum’s on-site café.

The Museum of Military History is located a 15-minute walk east from Vienna’s main railway station, Wien HBF. The museum is open daily, except for a selection of national holidays. There is an admission charge. Alternatively, visit for free on the first Sunday of the month. Rent an audio guide or join a guided tour for a small extra charge.


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    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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