Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Art History Museum Vienna) was established in the late 19th century to house impressive art collection of Austro-Hungarian imperial family. Today, it is one of the most renowned art museums in the world. Its collections include paintings, ancient artefacts galleries, coins, vintage musical instruments, armory and more.

The museum was opened at the same time as Natural History Museum, as they are hosted in almost identical buildings facing each other on the Maria-Theresien-Platz. It was inaugurated by Emperor Franz Joseph I himself.

Quick facts

Name Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Art History Museum Vienna)
Type Art museum
Built/opened 1891
Location Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, 1st district, Innere Stadt (and several other locations)
How to get there Walking distance from the city center or U3 (station Volkstheater) or Tram D to Burgring stop.
Ticket Price Starting from $8, depends on the exhibition/museum site, children/teenager under age of 19 – free entrance. Yearly ticket for adults from $55
Opening hours 7 days a week, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Thursdays 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
Official website https://www.khm.at/en/


Museum’s painting gallery has notable works of European masters such as Raphael, Vermeer, Velazquez, Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian, Tintoretto and several more. The original gallery was established with works from 16th and 17th century artworks of European masters.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien - van Dyck
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien – van Dyck, Head study of a woman

Egyptian and Near Eastern collection is showcasing sculptures and artwork from ancient Egypt and the region in the impressive range of periods and diversity of artefacts. Original collection dates back to 1560.

Some 2500 objects on permanent display in the Greek and Roman Antiquities collection represent ancient period of more than three millennia – Bronze Age ceramics of 3rd millennium BD Cyprus to early Medieval era.

Kunstkammer Wien is so called ‘museum within a museum’ is a curious collection of art and unique items collected by Habsburgs through centuries and set on display through 20 galleries.

Museum’s Coin Collection is in the top five largest and most important coin collections in the world. Some 2,000 objects (out of almost 600,000) are on display in three halls gallery including coins, paper money, medallions, orders, and other items.

In the Historic Musical Instruments collection gallery, museum hosts what is considered the most important collection of renaissance and baroque instruments globally. The Museum also safeguards, maintains and showcase many instruments that were actually played (and owned) by famous musicians and composers.

Another impressive collection in the museum is the one of Imperial Armoury. It is considered as one of the most diverse and well documented collection in the world.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien has total of seven sites/museum in its museum group (apart from the main museum building in Maria-Theresien-Platz):

  • Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien (Imperial Treasury Vienna), large collection of imperial treasury items, such as crowns, jewels, gems and insignias.
  • Kaiserliche Wagenburg Wien (Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna), hosting carriages and coaches used by the imperial court in Vienna, total of 170 of them
  • Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle Innsbruck), a castle museum with paintings, armory, sculpture and glass artwork collections.
  • Theseus Tempel Wien (Theseus Temple Vienna), replica of the temple from Athens, set as a gallery, in Volksgarten.
  • Theatermuseum (Theater Museum) – interactive art museum and performance venue.
  • Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna) – vast collection of artefacts from around the world.

Apart from Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, all museum sites listed are located in Vienna.

Imperial Carriage Museum near Schönbrunn Castle Kaiserliche Wagenburg Wien

Museum provides variety of guided tours, lectures and workshops, private tours and events and accommodations for visitors with physical and mental disabilities. Portable audio guides are available in several languages and at very affordable prices.

It is also possible to rent parts of a museum for an exclusive business or private dinner or for a photoshoot, especially for weddings.

If you are planning to visit all museums in the complex, please allocate several days, especially if you want to visit Innsbruck Castle.

Each museum location has a shop where you can buy very interesting books, souvenirs and novelty items inspired by museum art collections.

Safe travels and see you soon!

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and Imperial Treasury of Vienna

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