Fossils, minerals, nature past and present - and a thrilling rooftop view over Vienna.

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Museum of Natural History

An amazing look at our planet.

Vienna's Naturhistorisches Museum is another of the major cultural insitututions found on the Ringstrasse, part of the area known as the "Museumsquartier." This museum building dates from 1889, but the collections were founded by emperor Franz I Stephan of Lorraine in 1750 and over the course of that history, this has become one of the most comprehensive troves of information about our planet in existence, from prehistoric animal and plant fossils to an impressive array of minerals and precious stones. And of course don't miss one of its stars, the Stone-Age Venus de Willendorf figurine. And if you come on Sunday, you can talk a "View From the Roof" tour which includes a narrated spin through the museum finishing up with a spectacular panorama over the city - wunderbar!

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