Haus der Natur, Salzburg

4.7
#4 of 102 in Museums in Austrian Alps
Featuring natural history and science exhibits, as well as an aquarium and a reptile zoo, Haus der Natur ranks as the largest museum in Salzburg. Founded in 1924, the museum spans 7,000 sq m (75,000 sq ft), separated into two buildings. See high-detail, high-quality models of dinosaurs and real fossilized organisms. Check out dioramas of nature and space expeditions; giant crystals up to 618 kg (1362 lbs) of weight; interactive human body parts; and exhibits on physics, sound, and humans. Peer into 42 aquariums teeming with aquatic life and colors, and get close up with numerous reptiles, from alligators to venomous lizards to enormous snakes. Make Haus der Natur a part of your Salzburg vacation plans using our Salzburg trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The entrance fee is included in the Salzburg card. Worth a visit in any case, especially with children.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Ever seen a museum so good for kids! (From 3/4 upwards. There are attractions for the little ones). Explora to Rome and the children's Museum in Genoa are nothing by comparison! Worth visiting even for adults who will find many interesting areas. I leave a couple of recommendations: revenue at 9 because during the day the halls are filled out of proportion especially in wet weather and visit before the interactive portion (at the entrance to the right you go up the stairs) that surely the opening it is not crowded. Open every day but closes at 17. Staying from three hours up. Nominal fee for what is inside! (8 euros per person and under 3 years free). Eating area and picnic area. To go back multiple times in a child's life!
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  • August 11, 2017
    1 part is really a traditional museum. Little old and on some parts awful hot. The other part, the experience centre is a modern museum, where you can discover yourself. Staff not really friendly. Museum is open until 5 pm, but by 4:45 p.m. is you go out looked/out put. That is really unfortunate.
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  • February 24, 2017
    Educational and great for kids. Some displays does not have English translations so we missed out on some info. But the interactive Science Centre was very fun, even for adults. Definitely consider for one of those rainy days indoors.
  • April 22, 2017
    A very good option to spend a rainy day with kids, smaller ones to older alike. The science building gives opportunity for hands-on experimenting for hours. The aquarium and reptilian zoo was also a big hit with the kids. Neither of us liked the stuffed and plastic animals.
  • March 30, 2017
    This is one of the best museums I have ever been to.. It is much bigger than it looks from the outside! You can easily spend the whole day here if you like...
  • May 3, 2017
    Smaller than a capital city's natural history or science museum but comprehensive. Well suited for entertaining/amusing your children.
  • July 2, 2017
    Great for children and adults. I wish all the written signs were also in English

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