Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Categories: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
In a palatial building, Kunsthistorisches Museum exhibits the Habsburgs' extensive art collection, which was amassed over centuries. Designed by architect Gottfried Semper, the museum is mirrored by an identical building on the opposite side of the Ringstrasse, which houses the Naturhistorisches Museum. Discover works by artists like Vermeer and Rembrandt, as well as a large collection by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. An audio guide offers an in-depth exploration of close to 600 works in the museum, including commentary on the building itself. In addition to the masterpieces on display, the museum includes a reference library of more than 256,000 manuscripts, maps, and historical prints relating to art and cultural history. For Kunsthistorisches Museum and beyond, use our Vienna family vacation planner to get the most from your Vienna vacation.
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The collection is great, it is not as overwhelming as other art museums in Europe so you can really enjoy cour visit.
...then plan time for a couple of visits. We were fortunate to be in Vienna for a week, so we visited three times. We purchased the museum Jahreskarte, which allowed for unlimited Kunsthistorisches vi... read more »
The museum was beautiful in outlook and there lots of exhibits displayed inside. Due to time limitation, we could not spare more time to enter the museum to study the arts display this time but just s... read more »
Incredible collection of art friends m all periods of history and the building itself is impressively grand. Many master works in their collection and I felt humbled being so close to so many master works. If you are unfamiliar with the museum and what to see in a limited time have a look in their gift shop first to get some idea of the famous pieces in the collection.
I visited this Museum last summer so please ignore the posted date, as just wanted to correct a few auto-complete errors. This Museum has an excellent collection of Medieval Art from all over the world. You definitely need a lot of time to take it all in. At least 2 hours. I suggest you buy their combo-ticket for entry to multiple museums and check this one out early on a Thursday, since they tend to have longer hours. They have audio-guides; but I didn't try them. The building is amazing in itself. Very beautiful. If your time is limited I would suggest you at least check out the Bruegel, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt exhibits. Some of my favorites.
The two opposing museums "Kunsthistorisches Museum" (this one) and "Naturhistorisches Museum" together with the connecting "Maria-Theresien-Platz" are a piece of architectural art in themselves. Has a great collection of paintings, with interesting special exhibits sprinkled in throughout the year.
Unlike many museums in Austria, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is open on Mondays from 10:00AM! Yay! Try to get to the museum just as it opens- by the time I left the museum at 12:30pm the museum was jostling with people. The stairs of this museum is known to be incredible, but physically standing on these stairs yourself and seeing the architecture and then the paintings done by famed artist Gustav Klimt decorating the spaces between the columns and arches with your own eyeballs is not an experience a photo can give you. There is plenty of memorable paintings and different mediums of art in this museum, and it is all beautifully arranged. Whilst every different section had a free standing plaque that described the theme of the room, one thing that the museum noticeably lacked was descriptions of specific items in the museum in languages other than German. I suspect that the lack of multi-language descriptions is a business strategy, so visitors are encouraged to hire an audio guide. That being said, every item in this museum speaks for itself and I do not believe an audio guide is necessary unless you are serious about fully understanding the significance of every piece in the museum. There are two ticket offices just as you enter the front doors of the museum and whilst the lines were relatively short today, I can see the ticket lines stretching for miles on a warmer day. I had purchased pre-booked tickets for my family and so we were able to go straight into the museum- there is a locker where you put your bags (A 1 or 2 Euro coin must be inserted in order to twist the key out of the locker, but you will get this coin back when you empty your belongings) and a cloak room that is free of charge.
Excellent museum to visit. Great art but labelling could be improved. Top floor no room to stand back and admire the frieze.
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