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Seven Must-See Museums in Austria

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Seven Must-See Museums in Austria - by Erin Blakemore/ Travel/ SmithsonianMag.com

"Art, music and open-air delights.

Austria's cultural impact far exceeds the country's small size. From the 18th through the early 20th century, it was home to some of the world's most famous artists and musicians, giving rise to or hosting greats like Beethoven, Mozart and Gustav Klimt. The flourishing of the arts was due in large part to the support of the Habsburg monarchs, whose love of grandiose architecture, music and art collecting transformed Austria, and particularly Vienna, into a cultural capital.

Luckily, many of these great works, as well as pieces from the 20th century Art Nouveau and Actionism movements are now on display in the country's superb museums. Beyond the visual arts, Austria's many museums house massive natural history collections and fascinating portals to the past. With so many good options, it can be hard for a museum-lover to choose just one...or two...or three. Whether you're in the country for a few days or a few months, here are seven museums you won't want to miss:..."

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Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum was commissioned by a Hapsburg Emperor—and it shows. (Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis)


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