The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is one of the finest art Museums in the World.
It is home to the largest collection of paintings by 16th-century Dutch master Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
The Museum is beautiful both from inside and outside – the building’s impeccable architecture itself draws a massive crowd.
How to reach Kunsthistorisches Museum
The stately Museum stands on the Ringstrasse, the Vienna Ring Road. Get Directions
Public transport is the best way to get to the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
You can get onto Line U2 or Line U3 of Vienna U-Bahn and get down at Volkstheater station.
From Volkstheater Subway station, Kunsthistorisches Museum is 7-8 minutes walk (see map below).
You can also choose to ride the Tram D to Burgring/ Kunsthistorisches Museum stop.
In Vienna, Trams are also known as Streetcar.
A lot of the city’s tourist attractions such as Schonbrunn Palace, Belvedere Museum, Vienna Zoo, The Hofburg, Albertina, Natural History Museum etc are around the Ringstrasse, so come prepared for a long day.
Kunsthistorisches Museum hours
From September to May (Lean season), Kunsthistorisches Museum opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm every day of the week except Monday, when it stays closed.
On Thursday, to cater to the tourists the Museum stays open till 9 pm.
From June to August (Peak season), Kunsthistorisches Museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
During the peak season as well, on Thursdays the Museum stays open till 9 pm.
The last entry is always 30 minutes before closing.
Best time to visit Kunsthistorisches Museum
The best time to visit Kunsthistorisches Museum is as soon as it opens at 10 am.
The crowd is yet to come in which means you can waltz in and explore the artworks in silence.
If you can’t make it in the morning, we recommend Thursday evenings.
You can reach the Museum by 6 pm and stay on till 9 pm, making it seem as if all that artwork in the Museum is your private collection.
Tip: Kunsthistorisches Museum gets around 1.5 Million visitors annually, that is about 4000 visitors daily. Buying the tickets in advance helps you save waiting time. Buy Now
Most crowded room
Room No. 12 on the first floor of the Museum, where the most famous of the Bruegels are hanging, is the most crowded room.
That’s why it is best to check out this room as soon as you reach the Museum.
If the place is full of tourists, you can always come back later.
How long does Kunsthistorisches Museum take?
If you are an art lover, you need at least four hours to explore the breathtaking permanent and temporary collections at Kunsthistorisches Museum to satisfaction.
Some tourists focus only on the first floor, which displays some of the best paintings in the world, and finish their tour in only two hours.
Note: We recommend at least one visit to the Museum’s cafe in between your tour. Helps you get back your energies and also beat art fatigue.
Kunsthistorisches Museum tickets
This Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ticket gives you access to both the permanent Habsburg family collections as well as the temporary exhibitions.
With this ‘Skip The Line’ ticket, you can walk past the long queues at the ticketing counter, show your online ticket (on your mobile) at the entrance and walk into the Museum.
Visitors 18 years and below don’t need to buy entry tickets.
Adult ticket (19 to 64 years): 16 Euros
Seniors ticket (65+ years): 12 Euros
Student ticket (19 to 25 years, with student ID): 12 Euros
Note: After the purchase, you will get the tickets in your email. On the day of your visit, show your ticket in your email and walk in. No need for printouts!
Kunsthistorisches Museum + Imperial treasury
This ticket gets you access to two of Vienna’s premier sights:
– Kunsthistorisches Museum
– Imperial Treasury
The Imperial Treasury of Hofburg Palace is just 450 meters (a quarter of a Mile) from Kunsthistorisches Museum. See on Google Map
Visitors can walk this distance in less than five minutes.
Because of this proximity and because of the treasures at the Imperial Treasury (covering over a thousand years of European history), this combo ticket is quite popular among visitors.
You don’t have to visit both the Museums on the same day.
Visitors 18 years and below get a free entry on showing their valid ID.
Adult ticket (19+ years): 22 Euros
Kunsthistorisches Museum is closed on Monday and the Imperial Treasury on Tuesday.
Kunsthistorisches Museum free with Vienna Pass
If you are holidaying in Vienna for more than three days, we highly recommend Vienna Pass.
There are two distinct advantages –
1. You get to save up to 45% of your entry tickets cost
2. In most of the places, you can skip the line and walk in (thus saving a lot of your time)
In fact, if you buy this pass, you can visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum for free.
Some of the other attractions which this discount card can help you access for free are Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunn Zoo, the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Spanish Riding School, the Albertina Museum etc.
The Vienna Pass is available in 1-day, 2-days, 3-days and 6-days options and the price varies accordingly.
To give you an idea, here is the cost of a 3-days Vienna Pass –
For adults (19+ years): 129 Euros
For kids (6 to 18 years): 65 Euros
For infants (0-5 years): Free entry
Kunsthistorisches Museum highlights
Every room of the Museum is capable of stirring you up.
However, here are some of the must-sees at Kunsthistorisches Museum.
1. Paintings Gallery
In this gallery of Kunsthistorisches Museum, visitors get to enjoy the work of famous painters from the 17th century.
Some of the popular painters on display here are Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Van Eyck, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Dürer, Velázquez, Raphael, Caravaggio etc.
However, the most important of all the paintings in Kunsthistorisches Museum are those of Bruegel.
The Bruegel collection
One of the most notable Flemish artist, Pieter Bruegel the Elder is famous for his detailed depiction of peasant life.
The Museum houses the most extensive collection of his works including masterpieces like ‘The Tower of Babel.’
You are sure to spend most of your time at this Museum staring at the paintings of this 16th-century painter.
This is also known as the arts and natural wonders section.
Some even call it the Habsburg’s treasure chest because the exhibits here are rare, curious and unusual objects – 2,200 items in all.
In this chamber, you can see coins, weapons, stone vessels, bronze sculptures, ivory carvings, clocks, tapestries, intricate goldsmiths work and numerous other artefacts of immeasurable value.
3. Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection
At Kunsthistorisches Museum’s Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection you get to see some of the world’s most important collections of Egyptian antiquities.
This section hosts 17 000+ exhibits from over almost four thousand years.
Don’t miss out on the richly decorated Offering Chapel of Ka-ni-nisut from the Old Kingdom, intricately designed coffins, animal mummies, divine figures, and objects of daily life such as clothing and cosmetic articles etc.
4. Greek and Roman Antiquities
This section of the Kunsthistorisches Museum has around 2500 Roman and Greek exhibits, some of which are as old as three thousand years.
The first of these antiques were collected by Habsburgs of the Vienna Court and in recent times the Museum has been acquiring them.
The highlights of this section include The Gemma Augustea, golden treasure of Nagyszentmiklós, Brygos Cup, Votive Statue of a Man from Cyprus, Amazonian Sarcophagus etc.
5. The Coin Collection
Kunsthistorisches Museum’s Coin Collection is one of the five largest in the world and is spread over three large halls.
In this section, besides the coins, you will also find paper money, medallions, orders, etc.
The first hall takes you through the history and development of the medal from how it originated in Italy in 1400 to date.
This hall also has Austrian and European orders and medals of honour.
The second hall is dedicated to the history of money.
You get to see the journey starting from the pre-monetary forms of payment to the invention of the coin in the 7th century BC.
The third hall is reserved for special exhibitions based on unique themes.
6. The Cupola Hall
Cupola Hall is the heart of Kunsthistorisches Museum and is the architectural highlight of the building.
This hall is home to a restaurant, where tourists can catch up with the locals.
When in Cupola Hall, don’t forget to look up at the beautiful domed ceiling.
Besides these, you must not miss the Imperial Armoury, the Ephesos Museum, and the collection of ancient Musical Instruments.
Kunsthistorisches Museum map
This Museum can be a maze to a first time visitor.
Being aware of the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s floor plan can be a tremendous asset during your visit.
At the entrance, pick up the ‘Welcome leaflet’ which has a floor map marked with Museum highlights.
Or bookmark this page and get the Museum’s map to help you navigate.
Kunsthistorisches Museum audio guide
The Museum has a fantastic art collection, and it will be criminal to go around staring at the artwork not know the stories behind them.
The audio guide helps you experience the Museum at its best.
You can get the Kunsthistorisches Museum audio guide at the entrance by paying 6 Euros per person. Or 8 Euros for two.
Nine hundred of the pieces of art on display at the Museum are detailed in German, English, French and Italian.
Right now Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Korean support is available only for 120 of the Museum’s highlights.