HGM - Military History Museum
You wonder if you are enough into the history of army to visit this museum? Yes, you are! The oldest museumsbuilding of Vienna is dedicated to the history of the Habsburg Monarchy and the fate of Austria from the collapse of the Monarchy until 1945. The focus certainly is on the military past of the country and the function of the army. Particularly interesting is the room which is devoted to Prince Eugen of Savoyen – the first „drag queen of history‟ – although this aspect is not mentioned. In memory of his funeral the pall and mourning decoration are shown. Another highlight is the Franz Joseph-Room: The multinational state of Hungary-Austria is illustrated by objects, paintings and original uniforms from the Empire, and there are also exhibits of the property of Crown Prince Rudolf. Don‛t miss the Sarajevo-Room, which mainly contains three objects: The automobile, in which heir apparent Franz Ferdinand and his wife were shot in 1914, the bloody tunic and the chaise longue on which he died. Other rooms discuss the Thirty Years‛ War, Empress Maria Theresia, the war against the Turks, the sea power, the artillery, the Habsburg Monarchy. And this is not all of it – be sure to have plenty of time for your visit.
The collection of armor ist the part of the Museum which those who are not keen on military-matters will not really like: Just miss it out! Besides the HGM is an interesting journey through time for everybody who wants to learn about history.