The private Kunstforum museum gets about 300,000 visitors each year, and for good reason – it stages an exciting program of changing exhibitions, usually highlighting crowd-pleasing modernist or big-name contemporary artists. The work of Miquel Barceló, Fernando Botero, Frida Kahlo, Balthus and Martin Kippenberger have all had their turn in recent years.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Vienna attractions

1. Am Hof

0.07 MILES

Before moving to the site of the Hofburg in the late 13th century, the ruling family the Babenbergs resided on this large square. Rising up in the centre…

2. Schottenkirche

0.09 MILES

The Schottenkirche (Church of the Scots), at the northern end of Herrengasse, was founded by Benedictine monks probably originating from Scotia Maior …

3. Palais Daun-Kinsky

0.09 MILES

Built by Hildebrandt in 1716, Palais Kinsky has a classic baroque facade; its highlight is an elaborate, three-storey stairway off to the left of the…

4. Kirche Am Hof


Now the Croatian Catholic Church, this former Jesuit monastery on the southeast side of Am Hof has a baroque facade adapted from its fire-damaged Gothic…

5. Uhren Museum

0.14 MILES

Opened in 1921 in the Hafenhaus, one of Vienna’s oldest buildings, the municipal Uhren Museum's three floors are weighed down with an astounding 21,200…

6. Museum der Illusionen

0.14 MILES

Vienna's mind-bending Museum of Illusions, opened in 2017, confounds your senses through its 40 interactive optical illusions and installations. They…

7. Museum Judenplatz

0.16 MILES

The main focus of Museum Judenplatz is on the excavated remains of a medieval synagogue that once stood on Judenplatz, with a film and numerous exhibits…

8. Globenmuseum

0.16 MILES

Part of the Nationalbibliothek collection of museums, along with the Esperantomuseum and Papyrusmuseum, where admission covers all three and audio guides…