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Kunsthistorisches Museum

Maria-Theresien-Platz Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien 2010

Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is an art museum in Vienna, is the largest art museum in Austria. 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 similar exteriors and face each other across Maria-Theresien-Platz.

The museum was 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.

Masterpieces of the Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Essential Facts:

  • Name:                   Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • City:                       Vienna
  • Country:               Austria
  • Established:        1871-1891
  • Type:                     Fine Art Museum


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