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.
We celebrate 10 years of Kunstkammer!
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Kunstkammer we have planned an extensive program:
Thursday evening at the museum
Top-class lectures by international experts as well as curators of the Kunsthistorisches Museum are dedicated to the Kunstkammer - here you will find all dates and further information.
Our art education department also offers an extensive program on the Kunstkammer. You can find more information in the calender.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien would like to take this opportunity to thank all its partners, sponsors, Kunstkammer patrons, and the many Kunstkammer patrons who have made an important and essential contribution to the realization of this magnificent project.
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
- Collection of Historic Musical Instruments
- Imperial Armoury
- Ephesos Museum
- Theseus Temple