The Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna or the Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Museum of Art History in Vienna

The Museum of Art History in Vienna ©Jorge Lascar/Flick

The Museum of Art History or the Kunsthistorisches Museum is not only a place for art, it is itself a work of art. The monumental building of the Wiener Ringstrasse with its magnificent interior made of stucco and marble is a beautiful tourist attraction.

The museum is visited by over 600,000 people annually. Deeply impressed, the visitors walk on the prominent steps to get closer and closer to the treasures that the Habsburgs have collected over the centuries. The Museum of Art History was opened in 1891 by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary in the same year when the Museum of Natural History was opened.

The two museums have similar exteriors and are facing each other in the Maria Theresa Square. Both buildings were built in the years 1872-1891.

Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Kunsthistorisches Museum ©Jorge Lascar/Flick

The collections of the Museum

In this sense, almost nothing has changed until today. The Museum of Art History is among the largest and most important museums in world and exhibits diverse objects dating back from seven millenniums, from the ancient Egypt to the end of the 18th century. The antique Oriental and Egyptian collections fascinate by treasures of the enigmatic cultures of bygone times. Due to the large number of masterpieces, belonging in particular to the Renaissance and Baroque periods, even the constant visitors always find new things that amaze them.

The collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum are: Egypt and the Middle East, Antique Greece and Rome, Sculpture and Decorative Arts, the Numismatics Collection and the Library.

The painting gallery has many masterpieces of Western art, including the “Madonna of the Meadow” by Raphael, the “Malkunst” by Vermeer, and masterpieces of Velazquez, Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto.

Malkunst by Vermeer

Malkunst by Vermeer ©pioilo/Flick

Some rooms have large leather armchairs that invite you to study the Flemish masters, and the “Peasant Wedding” by Breughel as well as the “Tower of Babel” can be studied quietly to the smallest details. Of this possibility of contemplation take advantage many artists who often spend weeks and months in the Museum of History and Art to watch their master until the smallest academic details.

The interior of the museum

The interior of the Museum of Art History is also spectacular being decorated with marble, many gold ornaments and paintings. The building has a dome, which reaches a height of 60 meters.

The museum also has a special entrance for people with disabilities at building 5 where is an elevator.

The Museum of Art History in Vienna

The Museum of Art History in Vienna ©Jorge Lascar/Flick

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