The Museum The Emperor Built
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.