pre-school children

These guided tours are adapted to the needs and skills of pre-school children. To interest them in the fundamentals of biology, children are given the opportunity not only to look at exhibits, but also to get up close and touch them. By comparing the objects with their own world they learn about the size, living strategies, adaptation, and behavior of living creatures.
Duration:   50 minutes
Group size:    up to 25 children
Price:   € 4.00 per child; at least € 60.00
Entrance fee:  
  Students under 19 years have free entrance
   2 accompaniing persons are free
   It is recommended to book three weeks in advance
   +43 1 52177-335 (Mon 14:00-17:00; Wed-Fri 9:00-12:00);



Children can marvel at life-sized models of dinosaurs which they are mostly already familiar with from books and films. Further highlights include touching a real dinosaur bone and learning about other animals and plants that were alive when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.


favourite animals

Guided tour à la carte: The group names 4 favourite animals and we accompany the children to the animals. Together we explore where and how they live, what they eat and how they move around. Colourful picture cards and careful observation help us find the answers.

big and strong

Gorillas, elephants, giraffes, blue whales, golden eagles and giant clams - these are all living creatures of impressive size and strength. Children can compare their own weight with that of various heavyweight animals, test their strength, and even see how they measure up against a whale



Most children are familiar with cats. They know their soft fur and their sharp claws. In the museum the children learn about early ancestors of the modern-day domestic cat and many of their relatives such as the now extinct saber-toothed cat, lion, and tiger

sea animals

Together we go in search of animals that are native to the world’s seas. Where do they live? What do they eat? Do they have scales, feathers, or fur? Clam and snail shells, starfish, and cuttlefish bones are waiting to be discovered.

forest animals

Children learn about animals that are native to Austria’s forests. Traces of food, excrement, fruits and seeds, leaves and buds gives children the chance to touch and understand this woodland habitat.

fairytale animals

On a walk through the museum the children meet many animals familiar to them from fairytales. Is the wolf really so bad? Who is quicker, the hare or the hedgehog? And are all frogs really the sons of kings?

our earth

Fire – water – earth – air – life. This guided tour provides children with lots of useful information about our planet. They will have the chance to make a volcano erupt, send a droplet of water on a journey, and observe their body temperature using a thermal imaging camera.


Which Ice Age animals did Paleolithic hunters and gatherers meet on the plains? What was life like in the steppe when mammoths were alive? School children can see real skeletons of Ice Age animals, a hut made from mammoth bones and a life-size mammoth with baby.


stone age

Our journey starts 30,000 years ago, where the children can see what the site of the Venus of Willendorf would have looked like. It continues into the Neolithic and passes through Austria’s first farming village before ending in the Copper Age, when Ötzi the Iceman was alive.

monkeying around

How much monkey do we have in us? The school children learn how our closest relatives – gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees – live. In the Department of Anthropology they get the chance to see what early humans looked like, how they moved, and which tools they used.