At the Zoom Children's Museum in Vienna's MuseumsQuartier, children can discover and explore the world using all their senses - by inquiring, touching, researching and playing, with a good deal of fun along the way. For children aged six and up, there are hands-on exhibitions to get stuck into. In the art workshop, kids can experiment with the help of working artists, and in the animation studio they can make their own films. For the youngest (from eight months), the Ocean provides a special sensory experience incorporating creative play. Schönbrunn Palace also has its own children's museum, themed around imperial Vienna. In the west wing of the Baroque palace, kids can experience the day-to-day life of the imperial children and dress up as princes and princesses.
Vienna Museum of Technology has created a research station exclusively for children aged two to six, the Mini. Here, kids can get to grips with science and technology for the first time, and they are encouraged to touch and try things out. Older children can generate yard-long sparks in the high voltage show, or conduct experiments in workshops in the lab. Experimentation is the order of the day for kids at the House of Music, too. Children get to try out playing giant instruments, conduct the Vienna Philharmonic and cut their own CD. The dinosaur hall at the Natural History Museum has recently undergone a makeover. The reconstructed skeletons and remains of the prehistoric giants have now been joined by a life-size Allosaurus, with realistic movement and a terrifying call. In the Microtheater, children can get on the trail of the tiniest organisms under microscopes. Special guided tours are on offer for kids aged three and up.
Regular family days at the Belvedere take you back in time to the Middle Ages, reveal the inspiration behind Gustav Klimt's golden paintings or lift the lid on the backstory to the latest special exhibition. Young museum fans have the chance to let their own creativity flourish at the brushstrokes workshop. The Wien Museum boasts an interactive zone specially for kids, free of charge. And at the Museum Moderner Kunst (mumok), in the MuseumsQuartier, members of the kids club (ages four and up, free to join), can borrow a kids' pack, including paper and pens for their own ideas as they make their way round the exhibitions.
Many of Vienna's museums, including the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Albertina, the Belvedere, Museum of Technology, mumok, Zoom Children's Museum and the Wien Museum offer free entry for under 19s. Some museums even offer free entry for the whole family - further information at http://www.wien.info/en/vienna-for/families/free-offers-for-children
- Zoom Children's Museum, Museumsplatz 1, MuseumsQuartier, 1070 Vienna, www.kindermuseum.at
- Children's Museum at Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna, www.kaiserkinder.at
- Museum of Technology, Mariahilferstrasse 212, 1140 Vienna, www.tmw.at
- House of Music, Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Vienna, www.hdm.at
- Museum of Natural History, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna, www.nhm-wien.ac.at
- Belvedere, Rennweg 6/Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at
- Wien Museum, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna, www.wienmuseum.at
- Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (mumok), MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.mumok.at