National History Museum Vienna
A Trip to the Past at the National History Museum of Vienna
1. Learn About Mineralogy and Petrography at Hall 1-4
The Hall 1-4 displays outstanding and interesting valuable minerals, ores, gemstones, and rocks collected over a 500-years period. Large mineral samples, a collection of building materials and systematic mineral exhibit could be found in the hall 1. At Hall 2, we could see another exhibit continuing from the previous hall and also there are paintings of mining precious stones. Hall 3 provides us with yet another mineral exhibit and some paintings related to valuable stones around the Europe. The last is Hall 4 displays the mineral systematics, gemstones, the rock collection and the collections of Van der Null, one of the famous mineral collectors in the 19th century.
2. Study the Meteorites at the Meteorite Hall
Considered as the world's largest meteorite exhibit, the Meteorite Hall provides a staggering amount of about 1.100 meteorites in a glass cabinet at the entrance to the hall. There are some interesting collections at the Meteorite Hall such as basalt rock acquired from the moon, samples of lunar soils (on long-term loan from NASA) etc. We also could watch live meteors through the meteor radar station provided by the Museum.
3. The Earth History through Evolution
The main display of the Hall is related to the evolution of life-being since 4 billion years ago with the oldest fossil of organisms, unique and bizarre fossils even reconstructions of extinct animals and plants could be found here. Hall 6 displays the details of earth's oceans, the ozone hole, and the human population. Hall 7 provides us the life forms during the Paleozoic era where you can find some bizarre organism like Ediacara and Burgess Faunas along with the original fossils. Hall 8 gives us information how life-being looks like during Mesozoic era, an era that occurred around 252 million years ago where you could find the stage of evolution of floras and the marine life at that time. Hall 9 exhibits the Cenozoic era which is started 65 million years ago where you could see some variety of marine and the earth environment at that time alongside the fossils of the organisms living in that time.
4. Be Awestruck by the Awesome Hall of Dinosaurs
If you wondering what the most popular fossils around the world is, people must be saying: Dinosaur. Here, you could find the fossils came from different kind of dinosaurs such as Diplodocus, Allosaurus, and Iguanodon. The Hall of Dinosaur not only provides the fossils of the dinosaur, but also the animatronics-model of the dinosaur so it is very suitable for people especially children wondering what the real dinosaur looks like is. To explain even further about the life of dinosaur, computer animations is given at this hall and created by the animation experts so not only imagine what it is like but we could see the environments during the era where dinosaurs roaming around the world.
5. Prehistoric Collection of the Vienna National History Museum
Hall 11 provides us the collection during Paleolithic age, Neolithic age, up until the beginning of The Bronze age. Stone tools, ivory beads, clay vessels are among the collections being displayed at this hall. You could also feel what is like to be living during the Paleolithic era, living at caves with prehistoric paintings assisted by a virtual assistant. As the times goes by, population has been grown and all of the information is provided at hall 12. Here, you could see a 3D model showing the visitors on how to mine a salt at Hallstat, a huge salt mine during mid-Bronze Age around 1550 BC. Hall 13 tell us the history of mankind during late bronze age through the Iron Age. Bull figures and the model of a chariot found at Byci skala cave are among the interesting collections to be observed.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be bought online through the website of the Museum. Elderly, groups, and students got a cheaper price than adults. Also, it is free for children and teenager under 19 so this place is highly recommended for a family.
How To Get Around?
All places at the Museum can be reached on foot. As an additional information, the museum is also wheelchair accessible.
Best Time to Visit
There are no adverse information related to the best time to visit the place, but the Museum gives us an interesting and unique choice by visiting the museum at night. It is probably suitable for those who are interested in experiencing the 'Night at The Museum' movie in real life.
Will I Need a Guide?
The museum provides tour guide in English every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For those who are very interesting to visit the museum during the night time, tour guide also ready to take you goes around at the museum even for children. It is recommended to those who are not fluent in German to take the English speaking guide, albeit at an extra cost, as all explanations at the museum is in German.
How To Get There?
There are many ways to go to the Museum. You could take Subway U2 or U3 stopping at Volkstheater Station. Alternatively, you could take a tram number D, 71, 46, 49, and 2 stopping at Dr. Karl Renner Ring. The Museum is also can be reached by Bus number 48A stopping at Dr. Karl Renner Ring.