Kunstkammer Wien. The Cradle of the Museum

permanent exhibition

in short

The Kunstkammer Wien is the most important collection of its kind in the world. Since March 1, 2013 this unique collection is now again open to the public. Come and see a "museum within the museum": twenty newly-installed galleries invite you to experience a world of beauty and wit, curiosities and wonder.
Benvenuto Cellini, salt box (Saliera), Paris 1540-1543
© Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum

Visitor entrance

Kunsthistorisches Museum
1010 Vienna

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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

in detail

The Kunst- und Wunderkammern (arts and natural wonders rooms) of the Renaissance and Baroque periods were encyclopaedic, universal collections that attempted to reflect the entire knowledge of the day. Particularly desirable were rare, curious and unusual objects.

From the late Middle Ages to the Baroque, Habsburg emperors and archdukes collected exotic and uncommon materials, to which they often ascribed magical powers, such as precious stones, ostrich eggs, coral and shark’s teeth, which were considered to be dragon’s tongues. From these natural products, artists created virtuoso works of art.

Over 2200 fabulous artworks await you in the Kunstkammer Wien. Among its highlights are examples of fabulous goldsmith work such as the celebrated Saliera by Benvenuto Cellini, outstanding sculptures such as the Krumau Madonna, magnificent bronze statuettes, delicate and bizarre ivories and precious stone vessels as well as valuable clocks, elaborate automatons, strange scientific instruments, sumptuous gameboards and much, much more.
Kunsthistorisches Museum + Neue Burg: 15,00 / 11,00 EUR
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Opening Times

10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
June to August open every day from 10 – 18.00, Thu 10 – 21.00
Last entry 30min before closing

February 27 opens 12-18, February 28 remains closed.

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