The best 15 museums in Graz

Author: Kerstin Lakits, 14.10.2021

You’re in the mood to visit a museum and are asking yourself “Which museums are the best in Graz?”. Then here’s the answer. As a popular student city, Graz has a variety of interesting museums to offer in addition to trendy restaurants, sights and parks. Visiting a museum is the perfect way to discover something new or to change up your everyday life. To give you an overview, we have compiled a list of the 15 best museums in Graz. Have fun getting curious!

Hans Gross Kriminalmuseum

The Hans Gross Kriminalmuseum, named after the Graz jurist and founder Hans Gross, has been offering its visitors an insight into factual evidence and scientific criminology since 1896. Excitement is inevitable at this extraordinary museum. On Mondays you can participate in a guided tour at 11am.

Admission: €5 (student price: €3)

Opening hours: Mondays 10am to 3pm & Thursdays 1pm to 5pm (except public holidays), any time by appointment

Address: Heinrichstrasse 18, 8010 Graz


The open-air cultural space kunstGarten is not a “classic” museum, but nevertheless offers everything that makes the heart of culture lovers beat faster: Exhibitions, street gallery, readings, concerts, etc. As a space that combines contemporary art, culture and nature, the kunstGarten is characterised by its versatility. The exhibition Ciné Privé: Filmkunst (booking in advance required) is highly recommended to all film enthusiasts.

Admission: free (voluntary donation)

Opening hours: Fridays & Saturdays 3:30pm to 7pm, daily by appointment

Address: Payer-Weyprecht Strasse 27, 8020 Graz

Museum of History (Museum für Geschichte)

For a glimpse into the past, you should definitely pay a visit to the Museum of History in Graz. The museum focuses on the green heart of Austria and its history. This should definitely be on every historians’ and history buffs’ bucket list!

Admission: €10.50 (student price: €4)*

Opening hours: daily 10am to 6pm (from November: Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 5pm)

Address: Sackstrasse 16, 8010 Graz

Theriac Museum (Theriakmuseum)

Have you ever heard of the Theriak mixture, a universal remedy? No? Then head to the Theriac Museum at the Mohrenapotheke in Graz, where you can find out what extraordinary ingredients (such as viper meat) are contained in it. A very special and unusual exhibition theme!

Admission: free (voluntary donation)

Opening hours: all year round by appointment

Address: Südtiroler Platz 7, 8020 Graz


The GrazMuseum has set the goal of keeping the history of Graz alive. Besides a huge collection of archives, postcards, books, photographs, paintings, furniture, sculptures and much more, the museum also offers exhibitions such as “360 Graz” (contemporary history) or “Anton Sigl” (defence of the Schlossberg). For those who prefer to visit the museum from home, we recommend taking a look at the digital offerings.

Admission: €7 (student price: €5)

Opening hours: daily 11am to 6pm

Address: Sackgasse 18, 8010 Graz

Schell Collection

Perhaps the Schell Collection is the key to your heart, because this extraordinary museum is all about keys, locks and the like. With caskets, boxes, handcuffs or even cassettes, this museum is a little treasure in Graz.

Admission: €8 (student price: €3)

Opening hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 8:30am to 4:30pm & Wednesdays 8:30am to 6:30pm

Address: Wienerstrasse 10, 8020 Graz

Old Gallery (Alte Galerie)

If you want to go on a journey into the past, from the Middle Ages to early modern times, the Alte Galerie is the place to go. Art from the 12th century, Baroque, Renaissance, copperplate engraving cabinet, and much more can be discovered here.

Admission: €10.50 (student price: €4)*

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 5pm (closed November to March, but guided tours by appointment)

Address: Eggenberger Allee 90, 8020 Graz


The spectacular looking Kunsthaus (aka the friendly alien) is not only impressive on the outside, but also delights its visitors with the contemporary art inside. Since 2003, the Kunsthaus has been thrilling visitors with unusual and highly contemporary art.

Admission: €10.50 (student price €4)*

Opening hours: Mondays to Sundays 10am to 6pm

Address: Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz

Museum of Perception (Museum der Wahrnehmung)

The Museum of Perception puts your perception to the test. Sophisticated and specially designed objects irritate, disturb or challenge a differentiated perception. A true experience that will make you think and laugh. Located near the Augarten, the Museum of Perception invites you to take a leisurely stroll after your visit.

Admission: €3.50 (student price: €3)

Opening hours: Wednesdays to Mondays 1pm to 5pm (Attention: the Museum of Perception is closed until the 9th of November 2021 due to renovations)

Address: Friedrichgasse 41, 8010 Graz

Provinicial Armoury (Landeszeughaus)

The largest historical armoury in the world awaits you at the Landeszeughaus Graz. Everything you see there dates from the 15th to the 18th century. If you want to know more about the various exhibits, you can join a one-hour guided tour for €2.50 (11am & 2pm in German, 12:30pm in English).

Entrance fee: €10.50€ (student price: €4)*

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 5pm (November to March 11am to 5pm, guided tours only)

Address: Herrengasse 16, 8010 Graz

CoSA – Center of Science Activities

Looking at art isn’t enough for you? You want to touch art? Then you should definitely go to the CoSA, because the visit is just as exciting as you make it. The motto of the COSA is “Touching wanted instead of touching forbidden!” and invites you to actively participate in what is happening. After your visit to the museum, you can relax and recharge your batteries at the nearby Café OHO!

Admission: €16 (student price: €6.50)*

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays & public holidays 10am to 5pm (However, you must book your timeslot on the CoSA website before your visit)

Address: Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz

Museum of Archaeology (Archäologiemuseum)

You would be impressed if you knew what lies beneath our feet. And that’s exactly what you can see in the Museum of Archaeology Graz. There you will find the largest collection of Roman stones in Austria. There are also many other archaeological finds that tell stories from the past.

Admission: €10.50 (student price: €4)*

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays & public holidays 10am to 5pm (closed from November, guided tours available by appointment)

Address: Eggenberger Allee 90, 8020 Graz

Coin Cabinet (Münzkabinett)

Money rules the world, at least it rules the Coin Cabinet in Graz. There are all kinds of coins there, be they from Austria, Bohemia, Hungary, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire or the Celts. An absolute must for all numismatists!

Admission: €10.50 (student price: €4)*

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays & public holidays 10am to 5pm (closed from November, guided tours available by appointment)

Address: Eggenberger Allee 90, 8020 Graz

Natural History Museum (Naturkundemuseum)

Whether flowers, trees, animals, soil or stones, the Natural History Museum in Graz covers both biology and geology and delights with its many natural history objects. After your visit to the museum, you can relax in the nearby Café OHO!

Admission: €10.50 (student price: €4)*

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays & public holidays 10am to 5pm

Address: Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz

New Gallery Graz (Neue Galerie Graz)

The Neue Galerie Graz is thematically linked to the Alte Galerie Graz and takes over works from 1800 onwards, so visit the Alte Galerie first and then continue seamlessly through history to the present. In the Neue Galerie you will find works of all kinds (photographs, paintings, pictures, video, painting…) that will inspire you.

Admission: €10.50 (student price: €4)*

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays & public holidays 10am to 5pm

Address: Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz

*Tip: For the 19 museums of the Universalmuseum Joanneum (Austrian Open Air Museum Stübing, Austrian Sculpture Park, Stainz Castle: Hunting Museum, Agricultural Museum, Trautenfels Castle, Flavia Solva, Rosegger Birthplace Alpl, Rosegger Museum Krieglach, Provincial Armoury, Kunsthaus Graz, Museum of History, Folklore Museum, Eggenberg Castle: State Rooms and Park, Alte Galerie, Archaeology Museum, Coin Cabinet, Neue Galerie Graz with BRUSEUM, Natural History Museum, CoSA – Center of Science Activities) there is an annual pass for €25 for adults or €11 for students under 26 (valid student ID required). With this annual pass, you can visit all locations whenever you want and as often as you want.

Here’s a little bonus tip for you: The STUWO Student City Graz is not a museum, but it is the perfect place for art lovers. Works of art, installations and graffiti are created here every year as part of the Urban Art Festival Styria. Many of the artworks are freely accessible, some can only be admired by the residents in the home. So if you don’t just want to visit art, but live in a work of art, this dormitory is exactly the right address for your new home.

With this list of the best museums in Graz, you are well equipped to make your free time in Graz diverse and exciting. Thanks to student prices, admission to the 15 best museums is especially cheap for you. Pay attention to COVID-related changes in opening hours or admission regulations. With this list, you’ll never get bored in Graz! Have fun at the museum!


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