Museumsquartier

Vienna, Austria

The MuseumsQuartier Wien, one of the largest culture and art complexes in the world, is a playground for culture seekers. Spend the entire day diving into the vibrant sprawl of renowned museums, exhibition halls and art spaces. The Museumsquartier contains Baroque buildings as well as Modern architecture by the architects Laurids and Manfred Ortner.

Additional highlights include Leopold Museum (one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art), Kunsthalle Wienand Tanzquartier, an international, state-of-the-art centre for dance.

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Museumsplatz 1, Vienna, Austria
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Founded: 2001
Category: Museums in Austria

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Maria Dendisova (2 years ago)
Such an amazing place for people who love contemporary art ! Many interesting expositions and events as well! Highly recommending:)
Victoria Petruk (2 years ago)
The open area here has a nice atmosphere. It's quite lovely that the art galleries/museums are all very close to to each other and restaurants/places providing snacks inside are available too.
Catherine Burke (2 years ago)
Something for everyone. It's got several museums including one especially for kids, the Kinder Zoom museum. Loads of museums and cafes for adults too as well as a small but nice gift shop. Do your research before you go to get the most out of it.
Michal Vlha (2 years ago)
Very nice place full of life and art. Offers several museums and galleries to visit along with passive art installations all over the place which serve as benches or other facilities. Especially fun to visit during the night of museums!
Doris Karapici (2 years ago)
One of the top places to visit in Vienna. There are a couple of Museums that everyone in Vienna should visit. For sure the transportation infrastructure is perfect like in all Vienna. I would really recommend to everyone that is visiting Vienna. Everyone should go to Museums Quartier.
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