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This fascinating but little-visited location is a treasure trove for history buffs. The changing exhibits are a great way to gain insight into the city's history beyond what even the Viennese know, like a 2013 exhibit on the Austrian Riviera that depicted 19th-century holiday locations on the coasts of today's Italy and Croatia. Who knew that Austrians have been spa-obsessed for over 200 years? The regular exhibits focus on inside the city limits, giving a full panorama of Old Vienna's unfolding history, beginning with the settlement of prehistoric tribes in the Danube basin. Roman relics, artifacts from the reign of the dukes of Babenberg, and a wealth of leftovers from the Habsburg sovereignty are on display. There is pottery and ceramics from the Roman era, tokens from the Turkish sieges of 1529 and 1683, a collection of Biedermeier furniture, as well as a section on Vienna's Art Nouveau. A scale model shows Vienna as it looked in the Habsburg era. The topographical section shows how Vienna has changed over the past 500 years and how urban planning has helped shape Vienna into a city that repeatedly wins awards for best quality of life.