The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is the perfect place to introduce your children to the wonders of art and history. The different collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum range from intriguing paintings and ancient gold treasures to displays of medieval arms and armor. The fantastic tales conjured up by these masterpieces will spur the imaginations of children and adults alike.
Exploring the palatial building right on the Ringstrasse is an adventure in itself. It was built to house the vast collections of the imperial family and today features the Egyptian Collection, the Picture Gallery, and the Kunstkammer among others. Best of all? Children and teens under 19 can enjoy the museum for free! Here is a list of our favorite family-friendly attractions at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and its outposts:
I spy with my little eye – and telescope!
At the museum, head for the grand staircase and stop at the Swarovski telescope. It will give you a detailed look at the beautiful frescoes above the main staircase. Painted by Gustav Klimt, his younger brother Ernst, and their friend Franz Matsch, the frescoes depict personifications of different periods of art.
Fun, fascinating tours
The museum offers private tours that cater to children and families: Go on a treasure hunt within the collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities. Take a journey to the land of the Pharaohs to see mummies and colorful murals in the Ancient Egyptian and Near-Eastern Collection. Explore the world’s largest collection of paintings by Bruegel in the Picture Gallery and see if you can spot the intriguing details that make his paintings so unique. Your child’s imagination will go wild in the Kunstkammer Vienna, a collection of objets d'art. Works include prized goldsmithery and fascinating automatons, such as a miniature sailing ship with musicians playing on its deck. Tip: Book these tours in advance.
Knights in Shining Armor
Time for a coffee break! Treat your family to some delicious pastries at the Viennese café located in the magnificent cupola hall of the museum. After enjoying a crisp apple strudel or a Klimt Cake, stroll across the Ringstrasse to the Neue Burg at the Imperial Palace. The collection of historic arms and armor includes highlights like a helmet from the 5th century, uniforms for medieval tournaments, and even a suit of armor made for a little boy. Entry to this exhibit is included in your museum ticket.
Up to 8 Horsepower
Located only a 30-minute subway ride away from the inner city, the Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna at Schönbrunn Palace is an outpost of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna well worth a visit. Cinderella herself could not have dreamed up a more magnificent carriage than the ones on display at the “Kaiserliche Wagenburg Wien.” Historic carriages, sleds, sedan-chairs, riding and harness equipment and automobiles paint a vivid picture of the lavish lifestyle of the imperial family.