Museum of the Austrian Army
Arsenal Objekt 1
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dedicated to the Austrian army. The museum is installed in a wonderful castle built by Theophil Hansen in 1856. It is the first Viennese museum and it’s placed in the Arsenal. The styles of this historic building range from Byzantine, Hispano-Moorish to Neo-Gothic. In five major sections the museum shows the history of the Habsburg empire from the 16th century until 1918 and Austria’s fate after the dissolution of the monarchy up to the year 1945.
Two floors. On the ground, you can see exhibitions about the Turkish siege (1683), about the wars of the 18th century and against Napoleon but, above all, interesting material of the First World War and its beginnings: the assassination on 28 June 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. The museum has got Franz Ferdinand’s car, uniform and arms.
A collection of tanks is behind the building, including the German tanks of the Second World War.
You can also see wonderful sculptures, canvas and illustrations and to appreciate, especially on the top floor, the beautiful architecture of this castle.
Furthermore, in its shop you can buy swords, helmets, books and medals.
The Arsenal is a former military complex of buildings in the south-east of Vienna in the third district.
Several brick buildings in a rectangle layout make up the complex which is located on a bank south of the Landstraßer Gürtel.