Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Maria-Theresien-Platz, Vienna, Austria

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goyourownway goyourow…
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Not Rembrandt but Rubens excels at KMH Apr 25, 2016
N48°12.258' E16°21.736' one of the unforgettable experiences of being in Vienna was our visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, brimming with works by Europe’s finest painters, sculptors and artisans. The main building of the museum houses the Picture Gallery, a breath-taking window into mainly Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, French and German works from the 16th and 17th centuries – the time when the Habsburgs went on a collecting frenzy around Europe.

Once accustomed to the squeaky floor panels, the self-portrait of Rubens made a huge impact on us. It revealed a quality so well known from paintings of Rembrandt. Afterwards, the self-portraits of Rembrandt did not impress that much (no surprise they are in a back room) and the dark Large Forest painting of Ruisdael needs a restoration to reveal the hidden details.

With an excellent lunch on the second floor beneath Gustav Klimt’s The Spandels, we spend the best part of a whole day in the KMH.
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Bojasem Bojasem
205 reviews
amazing museum Nov 07, 2012
Totally Amazing place If you like art and you are in Vienna.you have to visit this great museum.The Kunsthistorisches Museum (English: "Museum of Art History", also often referred to as the "Museum of Fine Arts") is an art museum in Vienna, Austria. Housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße, it is crowned with an octagonal dome. The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building.

It was opened around 1891 at the same time as the 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 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 and 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.
WalterC WalterC
317 reviews
Nice collection of art in a nice building Oct 14, 2010
The entrance is located alongside the statue of Maria Theresa, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is well worth the time for its nice art collection. I call it "Kunst" for short.

The building itself is very nice, and elegant, with its huge hallway and staircase. Built to show off to the world, how great the Habsburgs were, with their art.

The museum contains artwork from places that were under Habsburg rule. They would include the Renaissance, Northern Art, among others. It also has some Greek and Egyptian art as well, but I did not get a chance to see those.

Rather than try to see everything in one visit, it would be better to just focus on a few sections that may interest you the most, as this place has a lot to see and you will feel less rushed. You could also get a good guidebook that gives a tour of the highlights. I would say, at least spend 2 hours to get a feel of the place.

Also, if you happen to be in Vienna on the day it is open late, until 9 PM, then this would be a nice way to spend an evening.
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Miranda-Maas Miranda-…
144 reviews
Beautiful museum in Vienna Dec 27, 2007
If you like art and you are in Vienna, you have to visit this great museum. The museum has a collection of paintings from all of Europe from around 1200 until 1750. Paintings of Rembrandt, Durer, Carravaggio, Rafael, Tizian etc are all in the collection. Besides the main collection, the museum always has a temporary exhibition as well. When i was here, the museum showed many of the paintings of Tizian. Most of them were from other museums but were now here for a while so you can see almost the complete work of the artist. The building were the museum is in is also really great! From the inside and outside, it looks like a palace! This is really a place worth visiting!
alyssa_ob says:
I have heard this is one of the best museums in Vienna, but I haven't made it there yet.
Posted on: Oct 17, 2008

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