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The Museum The Emperor Built

Built by Emperor Franz Joseph to house the fabulous Habsburg collections, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna now figures among the world’s most important museums.

Museum of Fine Arts © Kunsthistorisches Museum
Museum of Fine Arts © Kunsthistorisches Museum
Museum of Fine Arts Vienna © Austrian National Tourist Office/Burgstaller
Museum of Fine Arts Vienna © Austrian National Tourist Office/Burgstaller
 © KHM Wien
© KHM Wien

One hundred and twenty years ago, Emperor Franz Joseph transformed Vienna's cultural landscape forever with the opening of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. One of the most important museums of fine arts remains a crowning achievement of 19th century architects Gottfried Semper and Karl Hasenauer. From Rubens to Rembrandt, Vermeer to Velazquez, Titian to Dürer, what started as a repository for the Habsburg collections has evolved into an international treasure. The world’s most extensive collection of paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder resides here.

In the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, you'll stand in the shadows of ancient statues and reliefs, mummy-shaped coffins and massive papyrus-stalk columns. From its home on the Ringstrasse you'll travel in time and space, from the Bronze Age to the Dark Ages, from Cyprus to Greece, Italy and finally back Austria. 
 

Contact

Kunsthistorisches Museum
Burgring 5
1010 Vienna
Telephone: 011- 43 - 1 - 525 24- 2505
Fax: 011 – 43 – 1- 525 24- 2399
tourist@khm.at
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