Just 28 minutes from Vienna Central Station and 44 minutes from Linz Central Station with convenient half-hourly train connections with the ÖBB Railjet, St. Pölten is the perfect day trip destination for visitors of all ages, and with the TOP Jugendticket it is also quick and convenient to reach for school groups. It is a comfortable 15-minute walk to the museum from the railway station.
After this stroll through the regional capital’s attractive baroque pedestrianised zone, the Haus der Geschichte (History Museum) offers a journey through 40,000 years of human history and the Haus für Natur (Nature Museum) an interactive walk through the habitats of Lower Austria. The “perfekte Welle" (meaning “perfect wave”) by renowned architect Hollein literally unites both buildings under one roof.
The Haus der Geschichte thematically presents 3,000m2 of exhibitions focussing on the important aspects of Lower Austria's history in the context of Central Europe, making use of the most up-to-date methods of communication. A watchtower from the Iron Curtain, an escape plane and the golden treasure horde from Wiener Neustadt are just a few of the many impressive objects.
The Haus für Natur is more than just a museum - it is also a zoo. As you walk past the Danube Tank and on towards the Glacier you will also encounter 40 living indigenous species of animals from catfish - Austria’s largest native fish - to green lizards and tree frogs, to grass snakes and adders.
The permanent exhibits are complemented by temporary exhibitions that change every year. The museum garden, the Pan Pan restaurant and numerous events such as the contemporary witness forum “Erzählte Geschichte” and the discussion forum “Erlebte Natur” invite you to linger and entice you to return. Good public transport connections continue into the evening.
Our exhibitions in 2020/21
"Klima & Ich" ("The Climate & Me") (until 29.08.2021)
The earth’s climate is changing, global warming is an undeniable fact. It affects people, flora, fauna, the environment and the economy. How does it impact the individual and what options do I have to improve the way I live? How much is a tonne of CO2? Informative, exciting and interactive. All that you need bring with you are your interest and your curiosity!
“I wer´ narrisch”: A Century of Sport (26.02.2021 - 09.01.2022)
Sport has accompanied and changed modern society for the last 100 years and more. It influences the way we think and speak, how body conscious we are, our social relationships and determines what we do with our leisure time. The exhibition uses key moments to relate stories about sport as a subject in the media and its commercialisation up to the present day. It is about the big events and sport as part of the entertainment industry, but also offers a look behind the scenes.
Wildnis.Stadt (10.10.2021 - 12.02.2023)
Cities are some of the most biodiverse areas in Central Europe and are particularly important for protecting and promoting biodiversity. Cities are made up of a mosaic of different habitats that can provide a habitat for various plant and animal species. The special exhibition investigates this “urban jungle" and presents nature where you least expect it.