The Museum of Natural History was first recommended to me by a stranger in a coffee shop. I had a Vienna guidebook peeking out of my coat and my son was playing with a dinosaur transformer. The guy behind me in line said, “Well if you are going to Vienna and your son likes dinosaurs…” and the rest is (natural) history!
We took the red line on the underground train from our hotel and got off at the Volkstheater stop, which is the closest to the Museum of Natural History. Tickets are 10 Euros per adult and young kids are free!
There are lockers to store coats and backpacks, costing 3 Euros for the largest locker.
This is the view looking up from the cafe on the second floor. We took a break from walking the enormous exhibits to have some chocolate cake and coffee.
It seems like displays of rocks wouldn’t be that interesting, but it was actually really neat. It started as a personal collection and grew to be so large and diverse that it was eventually donated to the museum. There are meteorites, fossils, and every kind of rock, stone, and gem imaginable!
The quad/lawn in front of the museum has some gorgeous statues and trees. There are two other museums surrounding the lawn, but we didn’t wander into them.
We got my son a stuffed T-rex at the museum gift shop and I got some awesome postcards (I sent 10 from Vienna – check your mailbox)! They also have small fossils and meteorites for sale in the gift shop for a nice chunk of change.
We really enjoyed the 2 hours we spent exploring the Museum of Natural History and I definitely recommend it for all ages!