It would be impossible to pay proper attention to all the odd and wonderful museums contained within the confines of Vienna in a single burst of words. The following are some of the most peculiar, and, possibly, for the right kind of tourist, the most interesting.
1). Haus der Musik. Music lovers should plan on setting aside a considerable chunk of time to explore this collection of the evolution of music from primitive noises to the music of the masters. Particular emphasis is placed on the great Viennese composers Joseph Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Richard Strauss, and Gustav Mahler. Among the exhibited manuscripts, music samples, and other memorabilia, is an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to wave a conductor’s baton that is hooked up to a computer, allowing amateurs to experience control over a simulated version of the Vienna Philharmonic.
2). Kriminal Museum. One of the strangest museums in Vienna (and that’s saying something) is situated just across the Danube Canal from Schwedenplatz. The Kriminal Museum is dedicated to the perpetrators and victims and some of the country’s most gruesome murders.
3.). Academy of Fine Arts. The infamous mark on history left by the Akademie der bildenen Künste (Academy of Fine Arts) is more of a missed opportunity than anything else. It’s commonly assumed that if only the academy had accepted the multiple applications made by the then-young Adolf Hitler during the first decade of the 20th century, history might have taken an entirely different course (Adolf the artist, as it were, rather than Hitler the dictator). Make your mind up for yourself, and check out Hieronymus Bosch’s Last Judgment while you’re at it.