Thanks to the acquisitions by and the patronage of the House of Habsburg, the Museum of fine Arts in Vienna has an unrivalled collection of old masters, including a vast selection of works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum
(Museum of Fine Arts
) in Vienna is one of the most important European museum buildings put up during the 19th century. The monumental structure, built as part of the Emperor Franz Joseph I
expansion of the city in 1858, was intended to both unite and appropriately represent the artistic treasures that had been collected by the Habsburgs over the centuries. Construction work lasted 20 years, from when ground was first broken in 1871 to completion in the year 1891.
The newly constructed Museum of Fine Arts building in the Vienna Ringstraße
was ceremoniously opened in 1891. The magnificent architecture creates a fitting setting for the artistic treasures assembled by the Habsburgs, amongst the most spectacular in the world. The collections
range from Ancient Egyptian and Greek and Roman Antiquities to Medieval Art and the splendid Renaissance and Baroque. In all, the museum is divided into eight different collections
, some of which are housed in the Hofburg
and in Schönbrunn Palace
.Museum of Fine Arts
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Coin cabinet closes at 6 p.m.)For further information, please visit: www.khm.at