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Opening hours

Tuesday- Sunday open from 10am-6pm

Thursdays open from 10am- 9pm

Closed on Mondays

 

During June, July and August and from October 15th until January 19th the museum is open every day.

The last entry is 30 minutes before the closing time.

Entry costs €16 for adults, €15 for Vienna Card Holders and €12 for concessions and group tickets per person (groups of 10 or over). Under 19’s are free.

How to get there

If you are travelling from the Westbahnhof you should take subway train U3 and get off at the Volkstheatre station.

If you are travelling from the Hauptbahnhof you should take the street car D to the Burgring/Kunsthistorisches Museum stop.

You can also travel to the museum on subway train U2 or bus services 1, 2, 2A or 5A.

Car parking is available at the Heldenplatz, there are also 5 public parking spaces available for disabled visitors. Another 2 parking spaces for the disabled are available from Monday to Friday at the side entrance to the museum at Burgring 5.

FAQ

When was the museum built?
The Kunsthistorisches Museum was first opened in 1891 by Emperor Franz Joseph 1 of Austria-Hungary. It opened at the same time as the Natural History Museum which sits across the other side of Maria-Therisien-Platz. Both museums are very similar in appearance and took 20 years to be completed.
Why were the two museums built and what do they look like?
The original purpose of building these two museums was to give a suitable home to the Habsburgs formidable collection of art while making it easily accessible to the general public. The façade of each building is made of sandstone. Both museums are rectangular in shape with a central dome sixty metres high. Inside, both museums are lavishly decorated. The décor includes marble, gold-leaf, paintings and stucco ornamentations.
Who designed the building?
The design of the building was actually the work of two architects, Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer.
What can I see in the Picture Gallery?
The primary collections are of the Habsburgs, in particular Ferdinand of Tirol’s portrait and armour collection. Other notable collections include those of Emperor Rudolph II and the paintings collected by Archduke Leopold Wilheim. There are pictures by Raphael, Durer, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt and Gainsborough.
What about the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection?
The collection of Egyptian and Near Eastern antiquities held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum is one of the worlds most important. The collection of more than 17,000 items dates from around 4000 years ago and come from the Pre-dynastic and Early Dynastic periods in Egypt through to the era of early Christianity. In addition to Egypt these items came from the Eastern Mediterranean, Mesopotamia and the Arabian Peninsula. The collection has four main areas, funerary, cultural history, sculpture and the development in writing. Highlights of the collection include numerous sarcophagi and coffins, mummified animals; an example of the Book of the Dead as well as everyday items such clothing. Sculptures include the Reserve Head from Giza and a lion from the Ischtar Gate that once stood in Babylon.

Must Know

Jahreskarte (Annual Ticket)
If you often visit Vienna, or have an extended stay in the city you might want to buy an annual ticket. It costs just €44 and with it you can get free access into not just this museum but a total of seven museums in the city for 365 days. There is also a similar card valid for a year for anyone under 25, which costs €25.
Theft of the Cellini Salt Cellar
On the 11th of May, 2003, one of the museums objects, the Cellini Salt Cellar, a sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini was stolen. It was recovered after almost three years when it was found in a box buried in a forest close to Zwettl, Austria in January, 2006. The stolen object had been the biggest art theft in Austria.
Display of Coins
The Coin Collection at the museum is one of the worlds five largest. There are 600,000 objects in the collection dated from across three millennia. The collection contains coins, paper money, medallions and money orders. The items on display are only a small fraction of the collection with 2,000 objects on view across three halls. You can view the history and development of medals from their origins in Italy from 1400 up to the 20th century. There are also Austrian and other European medals of honour on view in the first hall. In the second hall you can learn about the history of coins and of paper money. Learn about pre-monetary forms of payment up to the invention of the first coins in the 7th century BC.
The Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities
This collection spans a period in excess of three millennia. It ranges from Bronze Age ceramics found in Cyprus that have been dated to the 3rd millennium BC to early medieval artifacts. There are 2500 objects on permanent display from this collection including treasure troves that have been dated to the great migrations of the early Middle Ages.

Places Nearby

The Palmenhaus
This building sitting on one side of Burggarten Park is possibly the world’s grandest greenhouse. It houses trees and plants from several locations around the world. It is located centrally within the city and is a great location to go on your first evening in the city. It also has an excellent restaurant and bar where you can sample Austrian specialities such as schnitzel.
Rivalry over Sachertorte- Hotel Sacher and Demel
Sachertorte is the signature cake of Vienna. It is a combination of chocolate sponge, dark chocolate ganache and apricot jam. Once you try this dessert you will want more. It is so popular that the 5th of December has been declared ‘National Sachertorte Day.’ You can find this sweet tasting delight in bakeries across the city but the fierce rivalry caused two famous bakeries (the Hotel Sacher and Demel) to go to court over it. Which sachertorte tastes the best? Well the only way to find out is to try them both; you might like to know that the Demel does a snack sized one if a full serving is too much for you.
The Jewish Museum
This is the oldest Jewish museum in the world. It was founded in 1895 as the Judisches Museum Wien but was closed after being plundered by the Nazis in 1938. Many of the valuable objects stolen at that time remain missing. Following a full refurbishment in 2011, the bright and airy space on Dorotheergasse reopened to tell the story of Vienna’s Jewish population that existed from the medieval age up until the present time. This must visit museum helps to tell the story of the 50,000 Austrian Jews killed in the holocaust.