Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
The Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) Vienna was built by Emperor Franz Joseph to house the imperial collections. It is one of the most important museums in the world. Exhibits from five millennia – from ancient Egypt and Greece to the late 18th century – are testament to the Habsburg emperors’ and archdukes’ passion for collecting. Unique masterpieces by Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Velázquez and Vermeer as well as the world’s largest collection of works by Bruegel will make your visit an unforgettable experience.
- Benvenuto Cellini’s Salt Cellar was a gift from Charles IX of France to the Habsburg Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol to thank him for acting as his proxy in his wedding
- The KHM houses the world’s largest Bruegel collection, with famous works such as "The Tower of Babel”, “Children’s Games”, “The Peasant Wedding” and “Hunters in the Snow”
- That the Picture Gallery of the KHM includes one of the most comprehensive and important collections of Venetian painting in the world, with pictures from all of Titian’s creative periods and key works of Bellini, Giorgione, Tintoretto, Veronese and Canaletto
During their long reign, which began in the Middle Ages, the Habsburg family collected an incredible array of art – an impressive collection of valuable and beautiful objects, of curiosities and wonders that you can experience today. The Kunstkammer is without doubt the world’s foremost collection of its kind.
Over 2200 objects speak of a fascination with collecting. You can admire delicate goldsmith work and precious stone vessels, bronze sculptures and ivory carvings, clocks and automatons, tapestries and such unusual objects as fossilised shark’s teeth or bezoars. The range of this unique collection shows us the wealth of the rooms of arts and natural wonders assembled by nobles of the 16th and 17th centuries, which aimed to reflect the entire knowledge of the day with their encyclopaedic approach.
Thanks to the Imperial family’s love of art, the Picture Gallery of the KHM is one of the most important museums of its kind in Europe today. Visitors can admire works by such famous painters as Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Rubens, Van Dyck, Van Eyck and Dürer, with the collection’s main focus being on 17th century painting. Other masterpieces of the collection include pictures by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Velázquez, Raphael, Caravaggio, and other Italian Baroque painters. Portraits such as those of Joseph II or Maria Theresa of Spain (“Infanta Maria Theresa”) permit us glimpses into the lives of emperors and empresses.
In the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, you will enter an Egyptian burial chamber and discover an enchanting blue hippopotamus among the burial objects. It is surrounded by six-metre papyrus columns (stone columns shaped like a bundle of papyrus stalks), mummies and stone sarcophagi.
The Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities includes objects from a period of three millennia, taking you from Cyprus and Greece to Ancient Rome and the territory of modern-day Austria during Roman times. Experience unique cameos such as the “Gemma Auguste”, treasure troves from Late Antiquity and the time of the great migrations, a collection of antique vases and Roman arts and crafts.
Last Admission: 30 mins before closing
Metro:U2, U3 Volkstheater / U2 Museumsquartier
Tram:1, 2, 71, D Burgring
Bus: 57A Burgring
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Route: Red Line
Bus Stop: Kunsthistorisches Museum
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
Phone: +43 1 525240