MuseumsQuartier#7 in Best Things To Do in Vienna
Straddling the southwest section of the Ringstrasse, the MuseumsQuartier is an enormous cultural institution comprising numerous top-notch museums. If you're interested in art, head to the Leopold Museum, which houses an impressive collection of Austrian masterpieces dating from the 19th century to the present. Next door, the Museum of Modern Art is home to the national collection of 20th-century works by famed artists like Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. Adjacent to the MUMOK, the Kunsthalle Wien showcases an ever-rotating collection of avant-garde exhibits.
If art isn't really your passion, you may benefit more from a visit to the Architekturzentrum (Architecture Center). Or, if you're traveling with children, you might like the ZOOM Kindermuseum's interactive displays on everything from life underwater to life on the big screen. The Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum) is also a hit with the younger set.
Recent visitors suggest making a day out of touring these interesting museums. You can relax between visits on the geometric-shaped and colorful couches that occupy the plaza in the middle of the buildings.
Although these museums rub elbows with one another, admission and hours of operation vary at each institution. For more information, check out the MuseumsQuartier website.
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