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Museumsquartier

The MQ or Museumsquartier is an entire block on Museumsplatz which has been turned into a collection of museums, with both modern and traditional styling in the architecture and in the content. With displays of public art, places to enjoy a coffee in the sun, and miles of galleries with important works the MQ.

Getting there

File:Wien 07 Museumsquartier a.jpgThe Museumsquartetier is just minutes away from the Naschmarkt, an easy 10 minutes walk along Getreidmarkt will take you there. Walk to the end of Naschmarkt and turn left before the Sucession building, after the third turning you will have reached the intersection which has MQ on the left and across the road on your right .

Museums

The museums extend beyond the Leopold Museum of the MQ itself, through the Museum of Natural History which overlooks Maria-Theresien-Platz and faces on the other side of that square with green lawns the imposing Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Onward to the Burggarten with its green grass and trees with a delightful little pond. Overlooked by the Palmenhaus on one side and on the other side the Austrian National Library with it's many galleries of important arts. Visit the Gallery 14 which is dedicated to Ledwig van Beethoven which contains important artifacts such as musical instruments associated with the composer.  The neighboring Gallery 15 houses similarly important items from the life of Franz Shubert.

Enter the square of the statue on your right which is bounded on both sides by museums.  In the center is the statue of Maria Theresien, after which the square is named, who was the last of the last of the House of Habsburg to rule, and the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions.   She is also well known as the mother of Marie Antoinette of France as well as 15 other children.

Siding her square are the two museums of Natural History of Vienna on your left and on your right the Kunsthistorisches Museum which houses the Egyptian, Roman and Greek Collections as well as a Picture Gallery, the Coin Collection and of course the Library.

 

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