NHM reports visitors record

More than half a million people visited the Vienna Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, NHM) last year, it has been announced.Officials at the museum, which is located in the city’s Innere Stadt district, said today (Fri) that 527,744 visitors were registered in 2010. They pointed out it was the first time in its history that the museum has registered more than 500,000 people in one year.Managers stressed the decision to allow everyone under the age of 19 to visit the museum for free might have helped in raising attendance figures. Around 373,000 people visited the NHM in 2008 after 392,000 visitors were registered the next year. The NHM staged a special exhibition on the theories of English scientist and naturalist Charles Darwin last year.German anatomist Gunther von Hagens’ “Körperwelten der Tiere” (Animals’ Body Worlds) exhibition, which opened in November, will be on at the NHM until 7 March. The breathtaking exhibit gives a fascinating insight into the inner structures of animals’ bodies. It features 20 preserved full-bodies and 120 body parts.Meanwhile, Vienna’s Westlicht gallery focuses on the art of nude photography in a new special exhibition called “Nude Visions”.The Kunsthaus Wien has put more than 400 photographs by Swiss Rene Burri on display in its retrospective exhibit “Rene Burri – Fotografien”. Burri portrayed personalities like Pablo Picasso Che Guevara. He is regarded s one of the most influential photographers of our time.The city’s Wien Museum currently portrays how stores have designed their shop windows since the 19th century in its “Window Shopping – Eine Fotogeschichte des Schaufensters” exhibition – and how those ideas reflected economic developments. Another special exhibit now on at the Wien Museum portrays the life and work of late Austrian writer and poet Ernst Jandl.Visit the following websites for ticket information and opening times:>> www.nhm-wien.ac.at>> www.westlicht.com>> www.kunsthauswien.com>> www.wienmuseum.at