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Free museums for the national holiday

Austria celebrates the countries National Day this month on the 26th of October when the Austrian Parliament declared the country permanently neutral. It was enacted on 26 October 1955 as a constitutional act of parliament and was a direct consequence of the allied occupation by the Soviet Union, the United States, the United Kingdom and France between 1945 and 1955.

The Soviet Union had refused to leave unless Austria committed itself to declare its neutrality after the allied forces had left the country.

Austria's national holiday which includes a military parade in many areas commemorates the declaration that is both part of the Austrian constitution and of international law.

Visitors to the capital will be offered free access or reduced access to many attractions including museums as part of the festivities.

Those offering free admission are:

    Architekturzentrum Wien
    Esperantomuseum - Esperanto Museum
    Globenmuseum - Globe Museum
    Heeresgeschichtliches Museum - Museum of Military History
    MAK Museum für angewandte Kunst - Museum of Applied Arts
    Museum für Volkskunde - Museum of Folklore
    Papyrusmuseum - Papyrus Museum
    Parlament/Palais Epstein - Parliament/Palais Epstein: 9 - 17 h / 9am-5pm
    Prunksaal der Nationalbibliothek - National Library Grand Hall
    Römermuseum - Roman Museum
    Uhrenmuseum - Clock Museum
    Wien Museum Hermesvilla
    Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Those offered reduced price admission are:

    Ephesos Museum: 9 € bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free
    Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer - Collection of Arms and Armor: 9 €, bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free
    Kunsthistorisches Museum - Museum of Fine Arts: 9 €, bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free
    Leopold Museum: Gratis-Führungen / guided tours free of charge
    Museum für Völkerkunde - Museum of Ethnology: € 6
    Naturhistorisches Museum - Museum of Natural History: 2 €, bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free, 10-21h / 10am until 9pm
    Otto Wagner Kirche am Steinhof - Steinhof Church: € 2, 10-16h / 10am until 4pm
    Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente - Collection of Ancient Instruments: 9 €, bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free
    Technisches Museum - Museum of Technology: 20% Ermäßigung / Reduction
    Theatermuseum: 6 €
    Wagenburg - Imperial Coach Collection: 4 €, bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free
    Weltliche und Geistliche Schatzkammer - Secular and Ecclesiastical Treasuries: 9 € bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free.

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