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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna

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In a palatial building, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien 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 Wien and beyond, use our Vienna family vacation planner to get the most from your Vienna vacation.
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  • We spent 4 1/2 hours in this marvelous museum of art, sculptures, carvings, etc. and could have easily spent more time there. We were on a tour that included the Hofburg Palace and the Opera House, bu...  more »
  • There are many wonderful museums in Vienna, but I rate this one #1. The building itself is a work of art. Do not miss the Klimt murals. Allow 3 hours to one day. Egyptian artifacts and mummies may fas...  more »
  • The collection of renaissance paintings is quite remarkable, with many Rubens, Caravaggio, Raffaello and Tiziano. The lower floor with the antiquities is not at the same level of larger museums such a...  more »
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  • Definitely worth going to, a huge museum with a large antiquities section. The quantity and quality of the art and physical items from the 14 to 18 century is really overwhelming here. Start a day at this museum it's worth it.... really awe inspiring.
  • Amazing museum. Wonderful building. We are doing multiple 2 hour visits over 3 days. My mind goes numb after 2-3 hours so can't do it all in one day.
  • One of the greatest museums in the world! The Brueghels alone are worth the visit. Then, add all of the other masterpieces... the result is a place you can wander for hours (we spent over 8 there). One of those places to be visited before one dies.
  • Truly one of the great art museums I've been to. Docked 1 star because of an inane policy or not allowing re-entry if you leave the museum for more than 10 minutes. They said it's because people were cheating and giving their tix away after. Stamp people's hand if they want to leave for lunch because your museum restaurant is too crowded! So simple.
  • Awesome museum if you're into historical artifacts. Great selection of European antiquities as well as a large Egyptian exhibit. Just tons of great stuff.

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