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The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna in Two Hours

Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM), one of the world’s foremost fine arts museums, enriches any Vienna itinerary and is a must no matter how short the visit. Use this guide to plan your visit of its most important collections.
 
Begin at the Kunstkammer

The Kunskammmer houses the over 2,100 objets d'art that were collected and commissioned by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg. Spanning almost a millennium, the collection includes ivory carvings and miniatures, timepieces, paintings, intricate sculptures, wall-hangings, coins, weapons, and a wide range of curiosities. At the heart of the exhibit you will find Cellini’s celebrated salt cellar, the Saliera. A range of automatons, such as the gilded miniature model of a ship with musicians playing on its deck, are especially popular with children.
 
Take a break at the Cupola Cafe


Stop in the marble Cupola Hall to refresh yourself with a coffee or tea and a traditional Viennese pastry. While you rest, take in the breathtaking architecture of the building’s cavernous interior.
 
Discover the world’s largest Bruegel Collection

Then stroll through the Picture Gallery, sourced from the century-old collections of the House of Habsburg. Art history enthusiasts shouldn't miss the world’s largest collection of paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, but be sure to leave some time for the other old masters. The gallery features works by Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach. October 2017 marks the start of the KHM's special Rubens exhibit. 2018 will bring the first major Bruegel monograph in honor of the 450th anniversary of the artist's death.
 
The Grand Finale: Klimt in Focus

On your way out, be sure to stop at the Swarovski telescope for a detailed look at the beautiful frescoes above the main staircase. Painted by Gustav Klimt and his artist collective, the frescoes depict personifications of different periods of art.
 

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna in Two Hours

  • Outside view of Vienna's art history museum © KHM Wien Outside view of Vienna's art history museum © KHM Wien
  • Cupola Cafe at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Cupola Cafe at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna - Visitors © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna - Visitors © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna - Guided tour for children © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna - Guided tour for children © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna - Exhibition at the Kunstkammer © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna - Exhibition at the Kunstkammer © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna - Visitors on the stairwell © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna - Visitors on the stairwell © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
  • Hunters in the Snow by Bruegel in the KHM © KHM Museumsverband Hunters in the Snow by Bruegel in the KHM © KHM Museumsverband

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Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Maria-Theresien-Platz 1
1010 Vienna

Telephone: +43 1 52524

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Maria-Theresien-Platz 1
1010 Vienna

Telephone: +43 1 52524

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