Heeresgeschichtliches Museum – Military Museum

Austria’s army and navy history under one roof

The Museum of Military History leads through the history of the Habsburg monarchy in Austria: from the end of the 16th century to 1945. The focus is – as the name of the museum already suggests – on the army and military on water and on land

Foto: Pappenheim /Wikimedia Commons /Copyrighted free use
Foto: Pappenheim /Wikimedia Commons /Copyrighted free use

Geschichtshaus mit Geschichte

The museum, built between 1850 and 1856, is the heart of the Arsenal military complex – and also the oldest museum building in Vienna. It was built according to plans by Ludwig Förster and Theophil Hansen. Moorish-Byzantine and neo-Gothic are the dominant styles of the imposing building.

The program “Out of the Frame” with Karl Hohenlohe in the Museum of Military History in the Vienna Arsenal provides insights into the collection:

Focal points in the Museum of Military History

The focus is on the history of the Habsburg monarchy – up to its collapse in 1918. Particularly depressing relics of this sometimes very troubled history can be seen in a separate room: the automobile in which the heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand and his wife were shot in 1914, the bloody tunic of the Archduke – and the chaise longue on which he died.

In the Franz-Joseph-Saal you can see personal belongings of the emperor himself and his son Crown Prince Rudolf. Other rooms are dedicated to Prince Eugene, Maria Theresa and the numerous wars that Austria waged (often unsuccessfully).

360-degree interior view of an exhibition hall:

Artillery Hall of the HGM – Main Battle Tanks from the World Wars:

The “Marinesaal” shows what even many Austrians do not know: when Austria still had access to the sea, it was considered a major sea power worldwide for over 200 years.

Foto: Pappenheim /Wikimedia Commons /Copyrighted free use
Foto: Pappenheim /Wikimedia Commons /Copyrighted free use

Location and map of the Military History Museum:

AdressArsenal, Objekt 1, A-1030 Wien
Arrival: U1 Südtirolerplatz or U3 Schlachthausgasse or parking spaces for buses and cars are available directly in front of the museum.
Tip: Free internet access throughout the museum. The entire museum is barrier-free accessible.
More information about the exhibitions and opening hours HGM