About Vienna’s Museum of Art HistoryThe Vienna Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches), is a very large and rich museum, with a variety of impressive artworks and art collections. It is located in Maria Theresa Square, near the Hofburg Palace. Even those who are not avid art lovers will benefit from the museum's collection of works of art, works from Europe and the Near East, from antiquity to the 18th century.
The museum has five main wings:
The Near East and Ancient Egypt Division - with 17,000 items ranging between 2,000 and 4,000 years old.
Greek and Roman antiquities department - containing about 2,500 antiquities and sculptures, from the third century BC to the early Middle Ages.
The coins department - collecting coins, medals and banknotes, is considered one of the five largest currency collections in the world.
The Artistic Tools Division
Art Paintings Division
In the museum corridors one can see the magnificent wall paintings by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Franz von Matsch and others. In the rooms you can see Flemish, German, Dutch and Italian works. On the ground floor you will see the exhibitions of exotic objects collected by the imperial family, members of the Habsburg dynasty. Among other things, you will see glass and crystal vessels, Roman, Greek and Egyptian works, and gifts given to the emperor’s family throughout history.
But the museum is not only a home for art, as it is a respectable architectural gem. The building of the museum, built in the 19th century, provides a more dignified setting for the wealth of works. It is built in the neo-Renaissance style, decorated with marble ornaments and a stucco of high quality plaster. Also note the striking dome of the building.
TipsIf you order tickets online, you can skip the long line during the museum’s opening.
With this abundance, it's worth focusing on what you love. Decide in advance what works and artists interest you want to see, and ask the information station in front entrance on the right, to mark on your map where those artworks and artists are located.
If you are interested in depth, in order to be able to go through all the exhibits in the museum it is advisable to visit it for longer than one day.