Museums and Art

Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria

Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria

The Natural History Museum is located on Maria Teresa Square, immediately opposite the Museum of Art History, which is identical to it in architecture. Inside, in the lobby, all visitors are greeted by Darwin himself, sitting on Galapagos tortoises.

The construction of the museum lasted 18 years and ended in 1889, at the same time opening its doors to the public. The motivation for the construction of both museums was the expanding collection, which no longer fit in the Hofburg residence. As far back as 1750, Franz I Stefan acquired more than 30,000 pieces of exhibits, and since then the dynasty has increased them.

Today, the museum’s collection is one of the most valuable and complete in the world. It has about 30 million different exhibits and specimens of extinct animals, precious stones, petrified insects, fossils located in 39 halls, which are annually visited by more than half a million tourists. 60 scientists work in a special department of the research and development department, so the presented exposition is incredibly interesting not only for children, but also for adults it is sometimes extremely difficult to tear oneself away from some exhibitions.

The fact is that many exhibits are interactive. For example, a five-meter model of a dinosaur moving its head and wagging its tail, a showcase with sharks, which are alternately illuminated to the music from the movie "Jaws." Moreover, there is the opportunity to create lightning and blow up a volcano.

With the help of many touch screens, you can magnify objects or rotate bones in 3D, and for microorganisms a microscope is provided under which it is extremely interesting to examine exhibits. All this takes place in the form of an educational game and leaves, really, a lot of impressions and new knowledge not only for schoolchildren, but also for their parents.

A very interesting room dedicated to the history of human development and evolution. They even show a short film on this subject about how modern people settled the Earth, and also offer services for compiling photographs of your ancestor, for example, from the Neolithic period.

A special joy for lovers of geology. A huge collection of minerals of various types and forms, collected in the Vienna Museum of Natural History, is unique in its kind. It includes the famous gold nugget weighing more than 70 kg.

Once in the hall of fauna, you can get lost on the number of animals represented. Only one sparrow about 100 species!

The exposition of meteorites from all over the world, including the famous 300-kilogram part of the “Princess” meteorite, which fell in Transcarpathia in 1866, will also please. But from the meteorite of the Moroccan desert, you can even buy souvenirs - space-sprayed stamps sold in a special shop in the museum building.

Among other famous and most popular masterpieces, the Museum of Natural History will have the opportunity to admire the Venus Willendorf figure, which our ancestors created 25 thousand years ago, the skeleton of a diplodocus dinosaur of enormous size, as well as many completely unique gemstones in size and color.


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