The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is the most visited museum in Austria. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the art museum every year. It is one of the most important art museums in the world and can definitely compete with the very big ones like the Prado Madrid or the Louvre Paris.
The Museum of Art History is divided into several sections. These include the Collection of Antiquities, the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental Collection, the Coin Cabinet and a library. However, the most important part is the world-famous Picture Gallery with many very important paintings, especially from the Baroque and Renaissance periods.
Many exhibits and paintings in the Museum of Art History Vienna are from the Habsburgs. Many emperors, kings and other nobles of the great ruling family were passionate art collectors. They had the money and influence to bring many great works of art to Vienna.
Opening hours Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
The exhibition is open every day of the year from 10 am to 6 pm. On Thursday there is the extended museum evening until 9 pm. On a few holidays, such as Christmas Eve, opening hours are reduced (Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Tickets and admission prices 2022 Museum of Art History Vienna
In Corona times there are access restrictions in many museums. Therefore, it’s better to buy tickets online beforehand.This great website has tickets for the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
Children and teenagers can visit the art museum in Vienna for free. The general admission price for adults is 18 euros in 2022. We don’t think it’s exactly a bargain, but appropriate for such an important museum. There are 2-3 euro discounts for seniors, students and Vienna City Card holders.
Famous paintings in the Gemäldegalerie are among the most famous paintings in the world. Almost all important artists from the Baroque and Renaissance periods are represented in the art museum in Vienna. Among them are Rembrandt, Vermeer, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael. Especially many paintings are by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Rembrandt.
Great also the building of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. One of the architects was the German Gottfried Semper, who is especially known for the Semper Opera House and other important buildings in Dresden.
Short 360 degree movie from Youtube about the Vienna Art Museum. You can rotate the film with the mouse.
The building, in the then popular Renaissance style, was opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1891. The construction time was 20 years (1871 to 1891). Worth seeing is, among other things, the gigantic staircase (called Stiegenhaus in Austria) behind the entrance. The large square in front of the museum (Maria-Theresien-Platz) is also a sight to see. Opposite is the also very large Natural History Museum Vienna.
Important works of art Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (list)
Certainly one of the most famous and striking paintings in the KHM Picture Gallery: Tower of Babel (Viennese version) (Pieter Bruegel the Elder)
Hunters in the Snow (also Pieter Bruegel the Elder). The first painting in art history with a winter motif.
Madonna in the Green (Raphael)
David with the head of Goliath (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio)
Mary with child (Albrecht Dürer)
Painting (Jan Vermeer):
Film with impressions from the KHM