Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna is one of the most important museums in not just in Austria but in world. This museum houses the Habsburg collections accumulated over centuries, it was built by Emperor Franz Joseph in 19th century. It is a treasure house of art and antiques and to see and admire all of them a day is not enough. It is best you take a floor plan and make a good study of the rooms dedicated to various themes. That will be helpful to decide which to cover which not to, especially if you don’t have much time in hand. The audio guide is helpful too.

We spent more time in the rooms with Egyptian collections. Children were fascinated thoroughly walking through the collections of mummies there. Most of these exhibits were brought to Vienna in the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, when Austrian archeologists made excavations in Gizeh. The coffins, the designs on them, their worn out look all seemed to pull us back into history. The entire roof is decorated and painted with Egyptian motifs. The items on display and tablets with Egyptian scripts, the hieroglyphs were interesting. One of the highlights of the Egyptian collection is the portrait of king Thutmosis II, who lived around 1460 B.C.

Closeup of detail on coffin, the patterns on ceilings seemed to be a copy of this.

The Bronze Statues of Bratislava, Slovakia
The Golden Eagle

29 Responses to “Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

  • Such a beautiful and interesting post and photos for the day, Indrani!I would love to visit this museum and I am fascinated by Egyptian history! Such a great tour you've taken us on! Love the detail you've included. Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!


  • Nice museum …..good photo's

  • Wonderful shots. I've always enjoyed the Egyptian collection in museums too.

  • Marvelous!!

    Happy Deepavali to you and yours!

  • These excavations have unearthed some of the most incredible finds on the planet. Deciding with room packed with history to explore would, indeed, be a challenge. 🙂

  • Exquisite. What little Egyptian stuff we get in out town is usually well attended.

  • A wonderful exhibit, thanks for taking us with you.

  • I imagine that a person could easily spend several days in this museum. Thank you for sharing part of the Egyptian exhibits with us.

  • Wow – those Egyptian rooms are magnificent! Great shots.

  • What a neat collection! Even the colors and details are well preserved!

  • the ceiling is beautiful. the Egyptian artifacts are definitely fascinating. i also spent more time at the Egyptian collections when i visited the British Museum and a museum in Milan. fabulous shots.

  • Beautiful shots of museum.

  • are they getting the artifats to go back to their home country?

  • What wonderful photos, Indrani. I love the birds on the ceiling. The Egyptian exhibit would be interesting, too, I'm sure.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  • Very interesting exhibits.

  • It is amazing that ancient motifs look so modern, more modern and newer!! I wonder what ancient artists created these charming patterns.
    Best wishes,

  • Wonderful, I love Egyptian art.

  • This is a very interesting museum. Yes I can believe that this is something you cannot do in one day! These ceilings are so beautiful.
    Have a great week.

  • You have so beautifully documented these superb exhibits. The museum truly is a font of knowledge and art.

  • That's amazing that there are still Egyptian collections on display. It seems to me that I have heard that all countries have returned their collections to the museum in Cairo. But probably I am wrong.

  • Egyptian mummies are always fascinating! Until, now I've seen the largest collection in the British Museum and hope to visit this one sometime:)

  • This is really beautiful and fascinating as well. It would be wonderful to be there, but since I am unlikely ever to get to visit, thank you very much for showing it to us. I always like the audio guides when we go to museums or historical sites — it really does help I agree!

  • Great pictures! You seem to be going all around Europe. Keep globetrotting.

  • I love visiting museums, thanks for having proposed !!!!!

  • There is a wonderful immediacy about Egyptian art that makes it less ancient and more fun than a lot of other old stuff.

  • Egyptian art is always so fascinating!

  • That is quite a museum. I would sure like to visit some day.

  • Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.
    Very beautiful museum.

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