Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

 

in short

The magnificent architecture creates a fitting setting for the treasures assembled by the Habsburgs. The Museum consists of five sections: Picture Gallery, Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Egyptian Collection, Greek and Roman Antiquities and the Coin Cabinet.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Hauptgebäude
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Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

in detail

The collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum are amongst the most important and spectacular in the world. Many of the treasures were assembled by the Habsburgs, for centuries enthusiastic patrons and collectors. The 16th century Kunst- und Wunderkammer (art and treasure chambers) of Archduke Ferdinand and of Emperor Rudolph II, together with the Baroque collections of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, form the nucleus of the Museum's magnificent collections. Here the taste and artistic preferences of these and other connoisseurs of the Imperial Family are still discernible today, thus conveying a sense of the Imperial glory of the art-loving Habsburg dynasty.

The Museums collections, some of which are housed in the Hofburg and the Schönbrunn Palace, range from Ancient Egyptian and Greek and Roman Antiquities to the collections of medieval art and the splendid Renaissance and Baroque collections.

In the Main Building:
- Picture Gallery
- Collection of Sculpture and Decorative Arts
- Egyptian and Nearer Eastern collection
- Collection of Greak and Roman Antiquities
- Coin Cabinet

In the Neue Burg:
- Ephesos Museum
- Collection of Arms of Armour
- Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments

In the Hofburg, Schweizerhof:
- Treasury

In Schloß Schönbrunn:
- Museum of Carriages (Wagenburg)
Kunsthistorisches Museum
The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna numbers among the most important European museum buildings put up during the 19th century. The monumental structure, built at the behest of Emperor Franz Joseph I as part of his expansion of the city in 1858, was intended to both unite and appropriately represent the artistic treasures that had been collected by the Habsburgs over the centuries. Construction work lasted 20 years, from when ground was first broken in 1871 to the museum building’s completion in the year 1891.
Admission
Kunsthistorisches Museum + Neue Burg: 15,00 / 11,00 EUR
Neue Burg
Three exceptional collections and the archive of the Kunsthistorisches Museum are located in the Neue Burg on Heldenplatz: The Collection of Arms and Armour, the Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments and the Ephesus Museum.

The Museum of Ethnology in Vienna is one of the most significant ethnological museums in the world. The museum finds its venue also in the Neue Burg

Not only the collections – also the building itself with its remarkable architecture makes a visit worthwhile. The monumental wing of the Vienna Hofburg was not originally planned as a museum, but was to house the new living quarters of the emperor.  No cost was spared in the decoration of the interior – still evidenced today by the gigantic stairway and the magnificent marble hall.
Admission
Kunsthistorisches Museum + Neue Burg: 15,00 / 11,00 EUR
Hofburg, Schweizerhof
Im Schweizerhof der Hofburg ist die Schatzkammer untergebracht, eine der bedeutendstender Welt. Ein Muss für jeden Wien-Besucher, denn nur hier ist der Kronschatz des Heiligen Römischen Reiches neben unzähligen wichtigen Insignien und Kleinodien aus der österreichischen und europäischen Geschichte zu sehen.
Admission
Standard 12,00 EUR / Reduced: 9,00 EUR
Schönbrunn Palace, Imperial Carriage Museum
Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria and since the 1960s has also been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. Soon after the end of the monarchy the population of Vienna discovered the park as an attractive recreational area. Eventually the palace was also opened to the public, drawing around 2 million visitors annually. The park and all the other attractions at Schönbrunn together see a further 6 million visitors each year, giving a grand total of 8 million visitors to the imposing palace complex each year.
At the 20th session of the World Heritage Committee held in December 1996 Schönbrunn Palace was put on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites, an institution founded in 1972. Inclusion in this list confirms the importance of the palace and its gardens as a Baroque work of art. If you have any further questions we would be pleased to answer them at any time.
Admission
8.00 € / 6.00 €
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Visitor entrance

Kunsthistorisches Museum
Maria-Theresien-Platz
1010 Vienna
Austria
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Opening Times

Sun
10:00 - 18:00
Mon
-
Tue
10:00 - 18:00
Wed
10:00 - 18:00
Thu
10:00 - 21:00
Fri
10:00 - 18:00
Sat
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.

Visitor entrance

Neue Burg
Heldenplatz
1010 Vienna
Austria
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Opening Times

Sun
10:00 - 18:00
Mon
-
Tue
-
Wed
10:00 - 18:00
Thu
10:00 - 18:00
Fri
10:00 - 18:00
Sat
10:00 - 18:00

Visitor entrance

Hofburg , Treasury
Schweizerhof
1010 Vienna
Austria
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Opening Times

Sun
09:00 - 17:30
Mon
09:00 - 17:30
Tue
-
Wed
09:00 - 17:30
Thu
09:00 - 17:30
Fri
09:00 - 17:30
Sat
09:00 - 17:30

Visitor entrance

Schönbrunn Palace, Imperial Carriage Museum
Schloss Schönbrunn
1130 Vienna
Austria
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Opening Times

Sun
10:00 - 16:00
Mon
10:00 - 16:00
Tue
10:00 - 16:00
Wed
10:00 - 16:00
Thu
10:00 - 16:00
Fri
10:00 - 16:00
Sat
10:00 - 16:00
May - Oct: dayly 9-18h
Nov - April: dayly 10-16h

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