The Neue Berg is the newest addition to the Hofburg Imperial Palace and holds three separate and important collections – the Collection of Arms and Armor, the Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments and the Ephesus Museum.
Construction on the museum finished in 1913, just a few years before the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, which was the trigger for World War I. Archduke Ferdinand lived in the section of the palace which is now the museum.
The Collection of Arms and Armor is one of the largest exhibits of its type in the world. Here you can find swords, helmets, crossbows and armor used on the battlefields of Europe, mainly during the middle ages. That said, some of the pieces on display date back to the 5th century. Most of this collection previously belonged to the Habsburgs, and indeed some of the armor on display was actually worn by members of the family.
In the Ancient Musical Instruments section you will find baroque and renaissance instruments, many played by well known Austrian musicians and composers. Displays contain an assortment of stringed, plucked, keyboard and wind instruments, some dating back hundreds of years.
Finally, the Ephesus Museum exhibits a number of ancient relics from over 2000 years ago. In the late 19th century, Austrian Archeologists discovered many of these relics while digging in Anatolia, in modern day Turkey. All high quality pieces that were found were transported back to Vienna, and these are what you can see on display today at the museum.
The Neue Berg is located in the Hofburg Imperial Palace in the center of downtown Vienna, near other museums such as the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Be aware that the museum is closed on Tuesdays.
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