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The Kunsthistorisches Museum (or Museum of Art History, often abbreviated to KHM) in Vienna has been displaying paintings from Old Masters since 1891. Its collection includes works from Bruegel, Rubens, Dürer, Titian, and Caravaggio alongside sculptures from the personal collections of the Habsburgs. The Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection also houses one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts from Ancient Egypt. With over 1.75 million visitors per year, it’s a good idea to book your tickets and tours ahead of time to save both time and money. You can also save money by visiting with the Vienna Pass and combining your trip with entry to several of the best attractions and museums in Vienna.
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4 Tips for Visiting the Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Vienna Pass
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Pick the Vienna Pass for Tickets & TransportThe Vienna Pass offers great value for money, but it also gives you the gift of convenience! It gives you access to Vienna’s Hop-On Hop-Off buses so that you can get between attractions with ease, plus you’ll be entitled to free or reduced entry to over 60 museums and attractions during the validity of your ticket.
A Drag Guided Tour in the Kunsthistorisches Museum
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Take Advantage of Unique Tours and EventsThe Kunsthistorisches Museum might contain old masters, but it’s definitely not old-fashioned! One of the best-kept secrets in Vienna is that you can take evening tours led by drag queen Tiefe Kümmernis, who entertains and educates her guests on art history while also treating them to one of her fabulous costumes. The KHM also offers a Mystery Hunt, where groups of four to eight people can enjoy solving puzzles around the museum.
The free KHM Stories app
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Art & Literature Meet in the GalleryAs part of the GANYMED project, which seeks to combine literature, theater, music, and art, the KHM developed a special literary audioguide. Exhibits in the galleries are given textual or musical accompaniments that bring out some of the themes and enhance the viewing experience. Regular audioguides are also available if that doesn’t sound like your thing. There’s also KHM Stories, a free app available for iOS and Android devices, that offers a range of multimedia tours of the museum in English, German, Turkish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.
The Entrance of the Kunsthistorisches Museum
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Get There EarlyThe Kunsthistorisches Museum is very popular all year round, but during the peak season, the queues for tickets can be extremely long. It’s recommended that visitors book their tickets ahead online to skip the line or, if you want to buy your tickets on the day, to be waiting at the doors before they open in the morning. If you’re visiting a special exhibition, be aware that tickets for these come with reserved timeslots for entry.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you see in the Kunsthistorisches Museum?

The heart of the Kunsthistorisches Museum is its collection of paintings, which includes works by Tintoretto, Bruegel, Rubens, Dürer, and Raphael. However, there’s a lot more to see! The Egyptian and Near-East Collection contains around 17,000 objects from archaeological digs, and visitors can also enjoy the collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities and the Coin Collection. The most famous works include The Art of Painting, a self-portrait by Rubens, The Hunters in the Snow by Bruegel, and Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath. Discoveries from the ancient world including a votive statue of a man from Cyprus, a sarcophagus featuring a battle between the Greeks and the Amazons, and a mosaic of Theseus. The Coin Collection features artifacts from Ancient Greece and Rome as well as Celtic, Byzantine, Persian, and Chinese coins and is sure to delight fans of numismatics. The main building of the Kunsthistorisches Museum is a treasure trove of art and archaeological objects from centuries of human history. The Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg and the Imperial Carriage Museum on the grounds of Shönbrunn Palace are also parts of the KHM but they have separate entrance tickets. However, all three are included as attractions in the Vienna Pass. Read more.

Should I take a guided tour of the KHM?

If you like to know all about the historical context of a piece of art, or you enjoy being able to ask questions while discovering a gallery, then a guided tour with an expert is absolutely worth your money. However, the Kunsthistorisches Museum has a wide range of options for those who’d rather not take a guided tour, including audio guides and the free KHM Stories app. You can discover the range of public guided tours available at different times throughout the week on the museum’s official website. Read more.

Will children enjoy a trip to the Kunsthistorisches Museum?

Absolutely! There are lots of child-friendly opportunities at the KHM. Every Saturday the museum offers free public tours specially designed for children that cover different themes each week (the program is available on the official website). There’s a special audio guide for children and on Sundays between September and June, the Atelier for children offers a chance for young guests to learn about art and make some of their own! There’s a participation fee of €4, materials cost of €4, and the workshops are presented in German. Places are limited, so it’s recommended to book a slot for your child (or children) in advance. The KHM Stories app also has several interactive games and tours specifically designed to help children explore the museum and discover the artwork. Read more.

How long should I plan for my visit to the KMH?

You should plan at least three hours for your visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum if you want to see all of the exhibitions and galleries. If you already know exactly what you want to see, you can make a quick circuit of the galleries of paintings in about an hour and a half, but you’ll miss out on the rest of the museum’s collections. Even with children, you can easily spend at least half a day in the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Read more.

General Information

Opening hours:

The special exhibition featuring the works of Caravaggio and Bernini is open from 9 am and closes at 6 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It’s open later, until 9 pm, on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The other areas of the museum are open daily from 10 am until 6 pm except on Thursdays when the museum stays open until 9 pm. There are special restricted opening hours on some holidays. For example, the museum is open from 10 am to 3 pm on December 24. For more information about specific days, please consult the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s website.

Address:

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
Burgring 5
A-1010 Vienna
Austria

Tickets:

Tickets for the Kunsthistorisches Museum cost €16 for adults. For visitors over the age of 65 (with a valid pensioner’s ID), for students and those performing national service, as well as for disabled visitors and a companion, a special price of €12 applies. This rate also applies to groups of 10 people or more. Children and young people aged 18 and under can enter free of charge. Special exhibitions carry an additional charge. In the case of the current Caravaggio & Bernini exhibition, these tickets cost €5.

How to get there:

You can easily reach the KHM by taking public transport to the stop Burgring, which is served by tram numbers 1, 2, 71, and D, to Museumsquartier, which is served by the U2 metro line, or to Volkstheater, which is served by both the U2 and U3 lines of the Vienna metro. The underground parking garage at Museumsquartier offers car parking from €4 per day.
Maurizio Massaro
Written byMaurizio MassaroMaurizio is a cosmopolitan, a musician and comes around. In his role as a content manager at TicketLens, he is always striving to find new offers as well as writing about sights all over the world.Translated by Anneliese O'Malley
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