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The Naturhistorisches Museum

The Naturhistorisches Museum in Maria-Theresien-Platz opened in 1889A statue of an elephant in front of the building makes for a good photo oportunity. The ground floor contains a vivarium and aquarium. The mineral collection here is impressive, with huge slabs of green malachite, large quartz crystals and an enormous red ammonite. One room contains objects made from semi-precious stoned, like an ostrich made of 761 precious gems and 2102 diamonds (given as a morning after wedding present by Empress Maria Theresia to Franz Stephan. The mineralogy room also contains the Caryatid Symbolizing Iron, a well armoured warrior.

The Venus of Willendorf, an 11cm high, 24,000 year old fertility symbol, takes pride of place in the Prehistoric Section. Here also are the < b>Hallstatt Archaeological Finds including a reconstructed Early Iron Age chariot from the Bycis Kala cave in Moravia, some Thracian silver and a large collection of skulls.

The third floor is dedicated entirely to zoology, except for the Mikrotheater where micrographs are displayed on a projection screen.


Maria-Theresien-Platz lies over the Burgring from the Neue Burg. In the center of the platz, as seen in this panorama, is a large statue of Empress Maria Theresia. She is holding the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 which allowed female heirs to inherit the Habsburg throne. Four equine statues of four generals surround the central statue. Against the plinth are statues of her principle advisors. The square is divided into four quadrants with a fountain at the center of each one.

It was intended that Maria-Theresien-Platz be linked to Neue Burg across the Burg Ring by two massive arches. This plan was abandoned with the fall of the Habsburgs, however the two Baroque buildings with large copper domes were built facing each other on opposite sides of the square. These became the Kunsthistoriches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum

1010 Wien
Phone : +43(1)525240

U-Bhan : (U2) Museumsqartier, (U2, U3) Volsktheatre
Bus / Tram : 1, 2, 57A, D, J

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