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The Kunsthistorisches Museum or Museum of Art History is located in Vienna, Austria.

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is also referred to as Museum of Art History” or “Museum of Fine Arts”. It is an art museum in Vienna, Austria.

Overview of The Kunsthistorisches Museum

• This museum is housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße which is crowned with an octagonal dome.
• The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building.
• It was opened in 1891.
• This was at the same time as the opening of Naturhistorisches Museum, by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary.
• The two museums have identical exteriors and face each other across Maria-Theresien-Platz.
• Both buildings were built between 1872 and 1891.
• They were built according to plans drawn up by Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer.
• The two Ringstraße museums were commissioned by the Emperor in order to find a suitable shelter for the Habsburgs formidable art collection.
• He intended to make it accessible to the general public.
• The façade was built of sandstone.
• The building is rectangular in shape, and topped with a dome that is 60 meters high.
• The inside of the building is lavishly decorated with marble, stucco ornamentations, gold-leaf, and paintings.

Opening Hours of the Museum

Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(Coin cabinet closes at 6 p.m.)
From June 1 to August 31 the KHM is open every day, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission till half an hour before closing time.

Entrance Fees : Annual Ticket € 29.00
Adults € 12.00
“Vienna Card” Holder € 11.00
Concessions: € 9.00
Group Ticket (groups of 10, or over) p.p. € 8.00
Children and teens under 192 Free
Combined ticket “Treasures of the Habsburgs” – € 18.00
Combined ticket “Gustav Klimt” – € 15.00
Concessions: € 12.00
Combined ticket “Masterticket” – € 19.00
Concessions: € 14.00
Group Ticket (groups of 10, or over) p.p.- € 13.50
Guided Tour : € 3.00
Guided tours for school groups p.p.- € 3.00
For groups of 13 or less pupils: in total – € 40.00
Audioguide – € 4.00
Audioguide “Take 2” – € 7.00
Audioguide Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) – € 8.00
Audioguide Group (groups of 10, or over) p.p. – € 3.00
Audioguide for Annual Ticket holders – € 2.0

Collection in The Kunsthistorisches Museum

Picture Gallery
• The museum’s primary collections are those of the Habsburgs.
• The collections are particularly from the portrait and armour collections of Ferdinand of Tirol, the collections of Emperor Rudolph II and the collection of paintings of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm.
Among the most important works in the picture gallery are:
– Jan van Eyck: Portrait of Cardinal Niccolò Albergati (c. 1431)
– Albrecht Dürer: Adoration of the Trinity (1511)
– Tintoretto
– Susanna and the Elders (1555–56)
– Giuseppe Arcimboldo: Summer (1563)
– Antonello da Messina: San Cassiano Altarpiece (1475–1476)
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio:
• Madonna of the Rosary (1606/07)
• The Crowning with Thorns
• David with the Head of Goliath
Peter Paul Rubens:
• Ildefonso Altar (1630–32)
• The Fur (1638)
• Raphael: Madonna of the Meadow (1506)
• Rembrandt: Self Portrait (1652)
• Johannes Vermeer: The Artist in his Studio (1665/66)
• Diego Velázquez: Several portraits of the Spanish royal family, a branch of the Habsburg, sent to Vienna.

Pieter Brueghel the Elder:
• The Fight Between Carnival and Lent (1559)
• Children’s Games (1560)
• The Tower of Babel (1563)
• The Procession to Calvary (1564)
• The Gloomy Day (Feb.-Ma.) (1565)
• The Return of the Herd (Oct.-Nov.) (1565)
• The Hunters in the Snow (Dec.-Jan.) (1565)
• The Peasant and the Nest Robber (Bauer und Vogeldieb), 1568
• The Peasant Wedding (1568/69)
• The Peasant Dance (1568/69)

The collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum are:
• Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection
• Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities
• Collection of Sculpture and Decorative Arts
• Coin Cabinet
• Library

• Programmes & events
• Audioguide
• Private tour
• Guided tours for schools and teachers
• Guided tours for private groups of children
• Audioguide for Kids

• Museum Shop
• Online Shop

• Cafe & Restaurant

Description of floors of The Kunsthistorisches Museum

Ground Floor
• Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities.
• Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection.
• Kunstkammer – at present closed for a new installation.

Main floor
• Picture Gallery: Dutch, Flemish and German painting.
• Picture Gallery: Italian, Spanish and French painting.
• Special exhibition.

Second floor
• Coin Cabinet
• Special exhibition

Best time to visit / climate

– Austria has a temperate continental climate.
– Summers last from early June to mid-September.
– It can be hot in some years and rainy in others.
– Winters are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region.
– In alpine region the temperatures often drop below -10° C (14° F).
– Winters last from December to March.
– In the Alpine region large temperature fluctuations occur all year round and nights are chilly even in high summer.
– The area around Vienna often experiences strong easterly winds.
– The high season is August.

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How to get to The Kunsthistorisches Museum

– To reach the museum from the Westbahnhof
Take subway train U3 to the Volkstheater station.
– To reach the museum from the Südbahnhof
Take street car D to the Burgring/Kunsthistorisches Museum stop.
– Public transportation
U2, U3, D, 1, 2, 2A, 57A

How to get to Austria?

1. By plane
• There are 6 airports in Austria with scheduled flights.
• The most important international airport is Vienna.
• This has connection to all major airports of the world.
• Other international airports include Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg.
• They provide domestic flights as well as connections to some European countries.
• Those airports are particularly popular with cheap airlines such as Ryanair.
• For traveling to the western states it is recommended to use the very close Munich airport.
• The most common airports to visit Vorarlberg are Altenrhein (Austrian), Friedrichshafen (Ryanair, Intersky) and Zurich (Swiss).
• If visiting Austria for winter sports, choose airport considering cost and duration for the whole trip (plane+transfer).

2. By Bus
Eurolines Austria has bus schedules from Austria to all major European countries and back.

3. By Car
From Germany
– Motorway A8 from Munich to Salzburg.
– Motorway A93 from Rosenheim via Kufstein to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
– E43 (A96) from Leutkirch via Wangen to Bregenz, Vorarlberg.
– E56 from Regensburg via Passau to Linz, Upper Austria.
From Italy
– Motorway A23 to Villach, Carinthia.
– E54 via Brenner to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
From Slovenia
– E652 to Villach,Carinthia.
– E57 via Spielfeld to Graz, Styria.

4. By Train
• The OBB (Austrian Railways) operate high-speed ICE and RailJet trains from cities like Zurich,Munich,Frankfurt, Passau, and Budapest.
• Eurocity trains are the next fastest trains.
• Regional trains called EURegio and simplyRegionalzug are also avialible from all 8 of Austria’s neighbors.

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