[Europe Week 1] Natural History Museum Vienna

Natural History Museum Vienna (German: Naturhistorisches Museum Wien) is a very large natural history museum near the Hofburg Palace in downtown Vienna. I saw so many fossils here that I didn’t see before, including Trilobita and Ammonites!

Natural History Museum Vienna Entrance
Natural History Museum Vienna Entrance

Vienna Itinerary


The main building of the museum an elaborate palace with paintings and elegant decorations in every corner. It has a total of 39 exhibition halls with more than 100,000 objects on two floors, which can be overwhelming. Besides fossils, there are also exhibitions of minerals, meteorites, prehistory, and anthropology. The second floor is mostly for specimens of various insects, spiders, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

I came on a Wednesday afternoon and stayed for about 2 hours. I wished I could stay longer, but I was very tired after walking through all 39 halls. I highly recommend doing some planning before coming and skip some halls that are not as interesting, such as minerals.

The Exhibition

The most exciting exhibitions of the entire museum are the fossils in halls 7 to 10. They have excellent collections of Paleozoic and Mesozoic animals.

The size of the below Trilobita is quite big. There are also a lot of smaller ones on display.

Natural History Museum Vienna Trilobita
Trilobita

Again, some Ammonites are large. They are not the same as the Nautilus which still exists today, even though they look similar and are both molluscs.

Natural History Museum Vienna Ammonites
Ammonites

Placodermi is a class of armoured fish. They are one of the earliest fish with jaws. Similar to sharks and rays, their skeletons made of cartilage rather than bone.

Placodermi
Placodermi

Ichthyosaurs are reptiles who only live in water. Like dolphins and whales, they have fish-like bodies.

Natural History Museum Vienna Ichthyosaurus
Ichthyosaur

Triceratops is probably the most well-known dinosaurs. They are one of the last dinosuars living in the late Cretaceous period.

Natural History Museum Vienna Triceratops
Triceratops

I was surprised to see the fossil of Archaeopteryx in this museum. This looks exactly the same as the famous Berlin specimen. It is probably a replica. They are the link between modern birds and dinosaurs.

Natural History Museum Vienna Archaeopteryx
Archaeopteryx

Conclusion

I love this museum very much! Among the three natural history museums I’ve visited so far, this one offers the most diverse fossils from the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras. I can’t wait to check out other natural history museums in the US!

Natural History Museum Vienna Info

Address: Burgring 7, 1010 Wien, Austria
Admission: €12
Info: Website

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