The Cradle of the Museum
The Kunstkammer Wien is the most important collection of its kind in the world. Since March 1, 2013 this unique collection is now again open to the public. Come and see a »museum within the museum«: twenty newly-installed galleries invite you to experience a world of beauty and wit, curiosities and wonder.
The Kunst- und Wunderkammern (arts and natural wonders rooms) of the Renaissance and Baroque periods were encyclopaedic, universal collections that attempted to reflect the entire knowledge of the day. Particularly desirable were rare, curious and unusual objects.
From the late Middle Ages to the Baroque, Habsburg emperors and archdukes collected exotic and uncommon materials, to which they often ascribed magical powers, such as precious stones, ostrich eggs, coral and shark’s teeth, which were considered to be dragon’s tongues. From these natural products, artists created virtuoso works of art.
Over 2200 fabulous artworks await you in the Kunstkammer Wien. Among its highlights are examples of fabulous goldsmith work such as the celebrated Saliera by Benvenuto Cellini, outstanding sculptures such as the Krumau Madonna, magnificent bronze statuettes, delicate and bizarre ivories and precious stone vessels as well as valuable clocks, elaborate automatons, strange scientific instruments, sumptuous gameboards and much, much more.
Das Kunsthistorische Museum Wien möchte sich an dieser Stelle für die großzügige Unterstützung bei all seinen Partnern, Sponsoren, KunstkammerpatInnen sowie den vielen KunstkammermäzenInnen bedanken, die einen wichtigen und wesentlichen Teil zur Realisierung dieses großartigen Projektes beigetragen haben.
Please note that a number of important artworks will not be on show in this collection for several months as they are travelling to the United States as part of a major exhibition.
Here is a list of the artworks currently on show in the US as well as more information on the exhibition.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Raised Ground Floor
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
June to August
Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
September to May
Tue – Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission till half an hour before closing time.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is open on May Day, 2015!Holiday opening hours
T +43 1 525 24- 4409
Information & Booking
T +43 1 525 24- 5202
- Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection
- Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities
- Picture Gallery
- Kunstkammer Wien
- Coin Collection
- The Library
- Collection of Historic Musical Instruments
- Collection of Arms and Armour
- Ephesos Museum