Education and Culture

Vienna is the site of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the seat of many research institutes and learned societies. Chief of the city's many institutions of higher learning is the University of Vienna; founded in 1365, it is the oldest university in the German-speaking world. Outstanding museums include the Museum of Fine Arts, which features European paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Natural History Museum, and the Historical Museum of the City of Vienna. Vienna's great musical tradition is upheld by the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera, and Vienna Boys' Choir.