history of the nhm

The monarch as a passionate collector of artefacts, the scientist whose unfaltering persistence at last brings the reward of recognition, the adventurer exploring distant lands - all are part and arcel of the story behind the Natural History Museum Vienna.


Scientists working here today continue their research in the spirit of the museum’s original dedication to “the realm of nature and its exploration”.


Whereas the 19th century was above all a time of grand expeditions into uncharted territories in the name of the Austrian emperor, today’s tools are DNA analysis to probe previously unknown biological sequences, or the study of meteorites to investigate the boundaries of the cosmos.