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Museums in Austria – a world of astonishments

Austria today offers some of the world's most important and stunning collections. To tour the countless museums and galleries is to pass from Old Masters to contemporary art.

Austria's best museums

Kunsthaus Bregenz © Kunsthaus Bregenz Kunsthaus Bregenz © Kunsthaus Bregenz

Kunsthaus - Bregenz

Modern art and architecture fuse at Kunsthaus Bregenz. Designed by the Pritzker-prize winning architect Peter Zumthor, the building’s primary object is to be a place where people can indulge their passion for art.
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Gustav Klimt - "Der Kuss" © Austria Turismo Gustav Klimt - "Der Kuss" © Austria Turismo

Gallery Belvedere - Vienna

This Baroque masterpiece houses one of Europe's most important museums. In the Upper Belvedere the world's largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt, alongside works by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka are on display.
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Museumsquartier in Wien © Österreich Werbung/Diejun Museumsquartier in Wien © Österreich Werbung/Diejun

MuseumsQuartier - Vienna

The MuseumsQuarter Wien (MQ), one of the largest culture and art complexes in the world, is a playground for culture seekers.
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Secession in Vienna © Manfred Horvath Secession in Vienna © Manfred Horvath

Secession - Vienna

Today, it is one of Austria’s most photographed structures and a leading centre for contemporary art. But when it opened in 1898, the Vienna Secession touched off a scandal.
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Birdseye view of the Kunsthaus Graz also called the friendly alien © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver Birdseye view of the Kunsthaus Graz also called the friendly alien © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver

Kunsthaus - Graz

The building, designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, has an organic shape with a skin made of iridescent blue acrylic panels. One of the most unusual museums you'll ever visit...
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mumok - the museum of modern arts in Vienna © Karl Thomas mumok - the museum of modern arts in Vienna © Karl Thomas

mumok - Vienna

The Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig, known as the mumok, is a collection of around 9,000 modern and contemporary pieces.
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Leopold Museum, Vienna © Oesterreich Werbung, Bartl Leopold Museum, Vienna © Oesterreich Werbung, Bartl

Leopold Museum - Vienna

The Leopold Museum in the Viennese MuseumsQuartier presents Austrian paintings of the 19th and 20th century, including the world’s biggest Schiele collection in its spacious, light-flooded rooms.
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swarovski riese © Swarovski Kristallwelten/ A. Jasiutyn swarovski riese © Swarovski Kristallwelten/ A. Jasiutyn

Swarovski Crystal Worlds - Wattens

The Swarovski Crystal Worlds, created by Andre Heller, is a pure invitation to dream. Only a 20 minutes drive away from Innsbruck this sparkling fantasy world is definitely worth a visit.
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Kunsthistorisches Museum in Wien © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver Kunsthistorisches Museum in Wien © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver

Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) - Vienna

Thanks to the acquisitions by and the patronage of the House of Habsburg, Vienna's museum of fine arts has an unrivaled collection of old masters. Check out room X, which contains a vast collection of works by Peter Breughel the Elder...
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Museum of Modern Art at night in Salzburg © Museum der Moderne Salzburg Museum of Modern Art at night in Salzburg © Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Museum of Modern Art - Salzburg

Salzburg's dramatic new museum of modern and contemporary art, the Museum der Moderne, sits atop the sheer cliff face of the Mönchsberg, 60 meters above Salzburg’s historic old town.
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Virtual Conductor at the Haus of Music, Vienna © Haus der Musik Virtual Conductor at the Haus of Music, Vienna © Haus der Musik

Haus der Musik - Vienna

Visit Vienna’s House of Music and discover the fascinating world of sound and Viennese music in an interactive, playful way.
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Albertina in Wien © Österreich Werbung/Popp Hackner Albertina in Wien © Österreich Werbung/Popp Hackner

Albertina - Vienna

Accommodates one of the largest and most precious graphic art collections in the world. Today, it comprises nearly 50,000 drawings and one million prints dating from all major epochs: from Late Gothic to contemporary art.
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Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg © Ali Schafler, Essl Museum Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg © Ali Schafler, Essl Museum

Essl Collection - Klosterneuburg

Take a trip a few miles north of Vienna to visit this important collection of Austrian painting since 1945. It is one of Austria's most comprehensive collections of post-war art works.
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