Museum of Military History

Arsenal 3, Building 18. (Open Map)


Situated right in the center of the Arsenal

The Museum of Military History was the first Viennese museum. Designed by Ludwig Foerster and Theophil Hansen, it was built from 1850 to 1856. This imposing structure displays Byzantine, Hispano-Moorish, and Neo-Gothic architectural styles. Military equipment, artifacts, and weapons are displayed.

There are five major sections to the Museum of Military History. All five together cover the history of the Habsburg empire as far back as the 16th century to 1918. It then follows the events after the dissolution of the monarchy until 1945. On the first Sunday of each month admission is free to the public. There is no admission charge to those under age 19.