27 July 08
Needless to say, Vienna boasts of architectural pride as its European counterparts. It is a great effort by the government to have preserved buildings of old and opened them as museums to the public...if they are not actually built as museums.
Here is the back of the Naturhistorisches Museum (Science) situated at Vienna's Ringstrasse and is frequented by tourists, famous for its extensive preserved and stuffed animal collection.
The museum was built in 1819 along with a vast garden (Maria Theresien Platz) and another building identical to it which is the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art). The façade of the Naturhistorisches Museum has names and statues depicting personifications of the various continents known to Austrian science at the time - Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.