- Experience the art collection of the once-mighty Habsburg family
- See the world's biggest collection of paintings by 16th century Dutch master Pieter Brueghel the Elder
- Visit a museum every bit the equal of the Louvre, the Prado, and the Vatican
- Get up close to masterpieces by Caravaggio, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and more
The Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History) is a sumptuous feast of art by Europe's finest artists and artisans. The collection, amassed by the now extinct House of Habsburg, features many essential Renaissance masterpieces, all contained under an elegant dome.
In 1891, Hapsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I opened the Kunsthistorisches Museum on Vienna’s Ringstrasse. The new neoclassical building finally allowed the enormous (and enormously enviable) Habsburg art collection to be housed under one roof. Filled to the brim with masterpieces by some of Europe’s finest artists, it's an experience not to be missed while in Vienna.
The building itself is a feast for the eyes - with marbles floors, frescoes, gold leaf and elegant staircases deserve to display awe-inspiring works. And they do.
Collected over six hundred years, the artworks here span five millennia. In fact, this museum is every bit the equal of Europe's other 'top line museums' - the Vatican Museums, El Prado, the Louvre. Spanning Ancient Egypt, Classical Rome, and right up to the Renaissance, this collection is a testament to the exquisite taste and formidable power of the House of Habsburg. And with an afternoon here, you'll reap the reward of their diligent art collecting.
If you're short on time, head straight for the Picture Gallery, with highlights such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Tower of Babel, Giuseppe Arcimboldo's Summer, and Raphael's Madonna of the Meadow.
NOTE: The mirror image building, across the Maria-Theresien-Platz is the Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum). It was opened at the same time as its twin - because the accumulated wealth of the Habsburgs required the space. If you can spare it, each museum deserves at least half a day of your time.
- Entry to the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
- Entry to the Neue Burg
Kunsthistorisches Museums Wien
- Daily from June to August: 10:00 - 18:00, Thursdays till 21:00
- Tuesdays to Sundays from September to May: 10:00 - 18:00, Thursday till 21:00
- Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
- Admission till half an hour before closing time
- Take metro U3 from the Westbahnhof to Volkstheater staton
- Take street car/tram D from Hauptbahnhof to the Burgring/Kunsthistorisches Museum stop