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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Nikola Buncic (4 months ago)
It is the best place in Vienna to hang out and have drinks with friends before going somewhere. (When Pandemia stops)
Hungary JKF Wado-Kai (5 months ago)
I love this district. Very good atmosphere, interesting museums, nice bars.
Sharanya Sunkara (5 months ago)
Every one should visit this place in the evening after 4pm to see the lights dance. I was awesome. Don’t miss it
Carlos Jorge (9 months ago)
This place is all about enjoying and being yourself. If you would like to have some time in presence of more people, to feel some vibe... May it be alone may it be with friends or maybe meeting new friends? That is the place. It is also a Cultural hub in Vienna with many cultural events involving, music, dance, theater, also for kids and family programs... I did not give 5 start only because of the prices over there, which tend to be higher than the average. But definitely worth a visit!
Thom Linke (Bye Bye Kurt) (10 months ago)
I just luv it.xxx
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