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6 amazing museums in Austria

Great fun for the entire family!

© by Tom Lamm / Erlebnisregion Graz

Austria has no shortage of amazing museums. No matter your interests, contemporary art, history, architecture, music, etc., you will find some truly delightful exhibitions and fun activities.

Picking out only six is difficult, but we have chosen some different ones nationwide. The days when museums were mainly dusty shelves with old items are luckily long gone. Today, museums draw visitors into the history and make you a part of the experience. Usually, there is fun to be had by the entire family.

1. The Roman town of Carnuntum

Carnuntum is an archaeological site, open-air museum and event venue. A visit to Carnuntum offers a unique journey into the world of the ancient Roman Empire. This is an excellent excursion for the entire family, just a short trip from Vienna.

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2. Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum

If you are an Arnold Schwarzenegger fan, you should not miss the only official and worldwide museum that bears his name and is personally supported by him. The museum is in the house where he grew up in a lovely valley near Graz, Styria. Here, you can see the kitchen where his mother made his favourite pastry, Apfelstrudel.

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In its heyday, the silver mine in Schwaz (Schwazer Silberbergwerk) was the largest silver mine in the world. Start your tour with a ride on the mining train into the depths of the mine, where you get a glimpse of how life and work for the miners were in the old days.

5. Austrian National Library

As soon as you enter the National Library of Austria in Vienna, you will not stop to stare in awe. This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The Baroque Grand Hall houses over 200.000 historic books. The Habsburg monarchy built the library in the Middle Ages, and it was called the “court library” until 1920.

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If you don’t have the opportunity or time to travel around Austria, the open-air museum near Graz is a brilliant occasion to see old houses from all parts of Austria. The lovely little valley showcases over 100 historic buildings, including furniture, household goods, and other accessories. Try to visit on days when they have period activities for more fun. Check out their website for more info: Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing

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Written by Arnold Weisz

Globetrotting multilingual communications specialist born in Vienna, Austria – with passion for scuba diving, golf and culinary delights! 15 years of experience as a scuba- and travel reporter for among others: X-Ray Dive Magazine and Dykking.