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The Natural History Museum: Where Imperial Hunting Trophy Meets Scientific Specimen

Vienna’s Natural History Museum is an extraordinary place. If you like your natural history museums super old-school, with taxidermied animals that the emperor and his buddies shot back in the 19th century; if you enjoy a specimen case that blends handwritten labels from early in the last century with formaldehyde-embalmed animals that are probably even older; if you are looking to identify giant rook that attacked your head while you were out jogging the other day and thus want to search through an exceptionally rich collection of dead birds; if you consider the empress’ dog, taxidermied, to be an element of natural history; if you like to see your modern touches (an animatronic dinosaur, for instance) against the backdrop of 19th century nude sculptures—well then, friend, the Vienna NHM is the place for you.

There were so many amazing sights in this museum (it’s the one straight across from its more famous twin, the art museum or Kunsthistorisches Museen) that I can’t embed them in the post. Check out this gallery though, and click on the images to make them full-size and learn about all that is strange and wonderful at the NHM.



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