Why Visit the Haus Der Natur?

With more than 7000 m², Salzburg’s most popular museum presents nature at its most exciting: from fascinating underwater worlds in the aquarium to extraterrestrial experiences in the outer space hall, from colossal dinosaurs from a bygone age to a journey into the human body.


Keeping live animals is useful for many purposes. Firstly, visitors can observe exotic and local living creatures up close in environments designed to be lifelike. While getting to know their behavior and needs, at the same time we realize the importance of protecting them. In addition, an essential function is the preservation and successful breeding of species whose continued survival in the wilderness is not guaranteed.
The diverse underwater world of the Aquarium includes creatures ranging from the graceful to the bizarre. Each tank forms a living ecosystem that is a faithful reproduction of the creatures’ natural habitats. This aquarium thus stands out for its lifelike quality and animal interactions that occur just as they do in nature.

The 42 display tanks, the largest of which is nearly 60,000 liters, is home to animals from tropical coral reefs, the Mediterranean, waters from Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia, and last but not least, local rivers and lakes. The aquarium is a place of observation that will captivate you with its incredible beauty, diversity, and the extraordinary behaviors of its inhabitants.

Reptile Zoo

The lifelike terrariums at the Reptile Zoo offer a close-up glimpse without forgetting the needs of their inhabitants. Bearded dragons, Gila monsters, and green mambas can usually be spotted among the leaves or on branches, but they also have enough space to withdraw from time to time.
At the Reptile Zoo, you’ll encounter representatives from almost all the reptile orders. Whether it’s an alligator or a poisonous snake, a turtle or an iguana – at the Reptile Zoo you’ll get to know the behaviors and way of living of these fascinating animals. Many people may find reptiles strange, frightening, and a bit creepy. But when we know more about them, this attitude usually changes very quickly.

The Science Centre

On the bottom floor of the Science Center, everything revolves around the theme of energy and lifting. Hands-on experiments make it easier to understand the law of the lever, a large hydraulic lift makes it possible to float through the room effortlessly while we also learn about the technology of hydraulic power transmission.

Another major theme is the generation of electricity from water power and solar energy. How do turbines work? How can we produce electricity from generators? Different solar energy experiments offer insight into the technology of photovoltaics. And the water experiment area invites us to get our hands wet, raise and dam water, and discover the incredible power that lies hidden in water.

The first floor of the Scence Center is devoted to the phenomena of acoustics. From the wave nature of sound to the exploration sounds and noises and the transfer of sound to the human ear, here visitors can explore everything relating to the theme of sound.

A special highlight is the “Feel Mozart” area: with a violin you can actually walk on, the vibrations of music can be not only heard, but also felt. Why not try out a few experiments with your own voice?

In the Target Singing area, you can check if you’ve hit all the right notes. And finally, in the screaming cabin you can test out the volume of your own voice.

The second floor of the Science Center offers a myriad of experiments in physics, technology, and mathematics. Simple experiments provide confirmation of great natural laws: build a bridge and then test it out right away, launch a rocket using compressed air, make a ball float as if by magic, feel the aerodynamic lift with your own body. here you’ll learn what forces are capable of doing!

Questions come up and are answered by doing experiments. How do the fastest and slowest gears work? Why is fine powder used for cement and coffee? Nothing compares to experiencing it for yourself!

Also on the second floor, a large area of the Science Center is devoted to the dexterity, movement, and health of the human body. Our own body is the focus here with simple experiments and athletic contests.

For example, a pair of original skis belonging to world champion Michael Walchhofer are waiting to test the balance of rising talents – just make sure not to catch an edge! With the ski jump simulator, you’ll test out the interplay between take-off power and reaction, watching the movements of your own skeleton while burning plenty of calories in the process. Dexterity is called for on the wheelchair course, where you’ll experience with your own body what it’s like to live with a physical disability.

Permanent Exhibitions

Ice Age
Our Universe – Planets, Stars, and Galaxies
Prehistoric Times and Dinosaurs
Journey into the Human Body
The Animal Kingdom on Earth
The World of Oceans
Salzach Lifeline
The Earth Through the Ages
Crystal Treasures
Christian Doppler – Genius from Salzburg
Habitats Diorama
Man and Animal in Fables and Myths

Opening Times:

Daily from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Closed Dec. 25


Adults: € 8,50

Children (ages 4 to 15): € 6,00
Family tickets are also available.

SalzburgCard: one time free admission

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