Mozartplatz 1, Salzburg, Austria
The Salzburg Museum is perhaps the best place to get an overview of the history and cultural life of Salzburg. Here, gathered in the former 'over-flow palace' of the Prince-Archbishops, are illuminating exhibits of art, furnishings and archaeological treasures spanning Salzburg's existence from Celtic times. Paintings and artefacts are augmented with innovative use of audio-visual displays. The audio-guide, available in English, offers lively, if sometimes frustrating, commentary that put the whole into historical context. Arranged over the space of three floors and the basement, the exhibits are displayed by themes that bring to life the many social and cultural strands that, woven together, made up the tapestry of Salzburg life throughout the ages. The collection is particularly strong in illustrating the rise of the church in the Middle Ages to the reign of the Archbishops, through the collapse of Salzburg as an independent state and its integration into the modern state of Austria. Particularly noted is the museum's collection of Old Master paintings as well as its Gothic altarpieces. It also features a special museum within a museum, just for children. In fact, it has exhibits the key to which is given only to kids. Ask at the entrance.