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Review of Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum
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Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and Imperial Treasury of Vienna
Ranked #3 of 556 things to do in Vienna
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Experience one of the world's foremost museums! Let yourself be enchanted by works spanning five millennia, from Ancient Egypt to the modern era. Experience unique major works by Dürer, Raphael, Titian and Velázquez as well as the world's largest collection of Bruegel paintings, all in a magnificent setting. The Kunstkammer Vienna, featuring the famous Saliera by Benvenuto Cellini, is a veritable universe of art and beauty guaranteed to transform any visit into an unforgettable experience. Included in the ticket are the collections at the Neue Burg on the opposite side of Vienna's Ringstrasse. Here you will see the instruments used by the great composers and be transported back to chivalrous times when knights held sway and tourneys and hunting shaped courtly life.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
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“one day wouldnt be enough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

great museum, a twodays tour would be enough to get the first impressions of the graaaandiosity of this treasoury, respectable arhitecture, divine stairs, three floors of cultural heaven

Visited March 2013
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Mellieha, Malta
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“Buy a Yearly ticket and enjoy as you wish.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

Our main advice here is, if you are more than a couple of days in Vienna, to buy a yearly ticket and then you can pop in and out of the Kunsthistoriches, and it's associated museums, as you wish. If like us you tire rather quickly it is good to be able to go to see a couple of rooms and then go off again to do something else knowing that you can return when you feel like it.

Visited March 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Impressive Bruegel's collection & most annoying facilities area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

The very first thing you have to be aware is that in Vienna the famous painting masterpieces are spread through at least 5-6 museums each of them requring at least 3 hours for visiting and at least 10 euro entrance fee. If you are interested in particular period or painter I recommend a bit of research.

While visting the museum we focused on paintings and we skipped the Egyptian part and focused on painting. We came to the musem mainly to see Pieter Bruegel's paintings and we were not disappointed. The collection is impressive and features one of his most famous paintings. The room was not crowded (nothing like Leonardo room in Uffizzi) so the comfort of viewing was high.

The museum exhibits also extensive collection of Rubens, quite a lot of Durer, Cranach etc. Having said that though be aware that some of 'big names' are represtented only by one painting which might be dissappointing to someone expecting e.g. Bosh to be one of the highlights of the musuem.

The descriptions of paintings are very brief, so for any additional background or interpretation one must hire and audioguide.

The one thing which we though was ridiculous and really spoiled the visiting was catering part of the museum. I know that one usually does not come to museum to eat, but spending couple of hours wandering through rooms might proe difficult without some break and cup of coffee. Well, the management of the museum apparently decided, that getting coffee in the landmark of city famous for its coffee shops might should not be easy. The coffee shops is therefore organised in most ridiculous way you can imagine. Actually there's no coffee shop - there are 5 or 6 tables in the corridor tucked somewhere in between shop and entrance to the restaurant. You have to get a table to order a coffee from quite impolite waiter, parading in bow-tie and graciously ignoring you for at least 10 mts (while serving other extremely busy 5 tables). The problem is the coffee area is also serving food, so the rotation is extremely limited and as result it can serve around 50 ppl per hour. You can't just order a cup of coffee and stand next to window sill and drink, no you have to get a table. I have been to all most famous musuems in Europe except for Prado, and all of them had decent coffee shop.

Visited March 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A must in Vienna”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

No review is good enough to describe the Museum of History of Fine Arts. One just must go there and see it for oneself. Plan at least 3-4 hours. Don't miss a great cafe in the museum - the best place to give one's legs some rest and to proceed enjoying the art.

Visited March 2013
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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A treat for everyone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

A dazzling display of wealth, but also fascinating for the evolution of handicrafts, scientific instruments, decorative arts, jewelry etc. basically the Hapsburg wealth lets you see the best of everything. You also get a sense of what over the top has meant 1500-1900. Everything is beautifully displayed; the renovation is a great success. The building interior itself is an art object. Don't miss the cafe. There may be a line but the desserts and coffee are worth it.

Visited March 2013
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