The first collection to be displayed in the museum was the private collection of Emperor Franz I, the husband of the Austrian empress Maria Theresa. Today, you can see the museum's 39 exhibition halls a wealth of exhibits - stuffed animals, dinosaur skeletons, extinct stuffed animals, plants, meteorites, the world's largest collection of more than 1100 meteorites, fossils, minerals, gemstones, precious stones and more. In total there are over 20 million items here!
The museum not only holds natural treasures. The building is a kind of architectural masterpiece in itself. It is decorated in the Neo-Renaissance style and was designed by the architects Karl Freiher and Gottfried Samper between 1872-1891. This is also why it is very similar to the Vienna Art Museum, which was also designed by this architectural pair.
During the visit, pay particular attention to the collection of gems, the display of huge dinosaurs and a meteorite weighing a ton, where you can touch and even be impressed by its special size and texture. Also, try not to miss the multimedia presentation that explains the meteorites and their associated theories.