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Museum of Natural History Vienna
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Museum of Natural History Vienna
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This museum, as you probably guessed by its name is not an art museum.

But because it has at least one piece of art that we really like, this natural history museum has the great honor and prestige of being featured on our website. You’re welcome, Naturhistorisches Museum. You’re welcome Vienna. You’re welcome, world.

This museum is huge. As of 2011, the museum housed over 30 million objects. That’s almost as many objects as they throw out on each episode of Hoarders. The only building suitable to hold these millions of objects without needing professionals to come clear everything out is, of course, an “elaborate palace.” The museum itself, being such a fancy building, can be considered part of the collection.  #Meta.

A lot of the exhibits are different kinds of rocks (minerals, meteorites, fossils, it’s all the same). There are also dead animals all over the place. Seriously, this place does not sound cut out for the usual artsy crowd. But somewhere amidst all the rocks and carcasses, there is art, and it is worth seeing.

Then again...there’s also the Kunsthistorisches Museum, aka Art History Museum. It’s right across the way from the Natural History Museum. They face each other. They’re identical. No one could blame you if you meant to go to the Natural History Museum to check out the prehistoric art and accidentally wound up in the Art History Museum looking at Archduke Leopold Wilhelm’s ridiculously huge art collection.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Natural History Museum, Vienna

The Natural History Museum Vienna (German: Naturhistorisches Museum Wien) is a large natural history museum located in Vienna, Austria.[1][2] and one of the most important natural history museums worldwide. The NHM Vienna is one of the largest museums and non-university research institutions in Austria and an important center of excellence for all matters relating to natural sciences. The museum's 39 exhibition rooms cover 8,460 square meters and present more than 100,000 objects. It is home to 30 million objects available to more than 60 scientists and numerous guest researchers who carry out basic research in a wide range of topics related to human sciences, earth sciences, and life sciences.

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