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.
The 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 .
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
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.