Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is a museum in Vienna, word-famous for its collections of classic, Renaissance, old masters’, and Baroque art.
Museum, building and site
Opened in 1891, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is housed in a monumental building, designed by Gottfried Semper in a highly-decorated architectural style inspired by Roman architecture and classicism. The museum is located in the heart of the capital city of Austria, close to to the Hofburg imperial palace and gardens, as well as to other renowned museums and cultural institutions.
What to see at the Kunsthistorisches Museum
The museum contains various collections of fine and decorative arts.
The Egyptian and Near Eastern collection is composed of over 17,000 antiquities – sculptures, coffins, mummies, and objects of daily life.
The Collection of Greek and Roman antiquities features cameos, jewelry, bronze tablets, sculptures and vases.
The Kunstkammer Wien is a cabinet of curiosities, including automatons, golds, carved crystals and stones, a salt cellar by Benvenuto Cellini, bronze sculptures, clocks, and other curiosities.
The coin collection is composed of over 600,000 coins and medals.
The library includes rare books, manuscripts, incunabula and maps.
The picture Collection is presumably the most famous of all collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. It comprizes Italian, Flemish, German, Spanish, French and English paintings from the Renaissance to Baroque, including works by Veronese, Titian, Giorgione, Correggio, Arcimboldo, Antonello da Messina, Guido Reni, Bosch, van Eyck, Memling, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Cranach, and Velázquez, among many others.
Additional services and activities
The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien organizes temporary exhibitions of art, including those of modern and contemporary art, artist talks, lectures and creative workshops.
The barrier-free building of the museum includes two shops, a cafe, and a gourmet restaurant.
photos: cover ©KHM mit MVK und ÖTM; 1 by © Massimo Listri, courtesy of KHM; 2, 3 and 4 (The Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder) ©KHM-Museumsverband