Top 5 museums to see while in Vienna

Vienna is not that big as a city (compared to some other world capitals), but it has more than 100 museums. There are impressive art and historical collections and artifacts which can impress every visitor seeking through cultural heritage. We are listing here top 5 museums to see while in Vienna, to get you started; you can keep exploring and maybe visit all of them!

Belvedere

Location: Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien
Opening Hours: Daily: 9am–6pm, except on Fridays: 9am-9pm
Ticket Prices: From 13.5€ ($15) for adults, free for persons 19 and under

Belvedere is actually a museum complex, consisting of Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere and Belvedere 21. World famous for Klimt’s The Kiss, museum is hosting largest collections of key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

Upper Belvedere is a Baroque palace, built by Prince Eugene of Savoy, a general and art connoisseur. It hosts about 420 works, thematically organized to present main artistic styles and also history of Belvedere itself.

Lower Belvedere was the residential palace of Prince Eugene, which shows throughout lavish interior and gardens.
Belvedere 21 is dedicated to contemporary art and it is a walking distance from Upper Belvedere.

Entire complex is surrounded by gardens and there is a large reflecting pool, that gives opportunity for great photo-shoot.
Gustav Klimt Vienna Combo: Belvedere Palace and Vienna Card

Albertina

Location: Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Wien
Opening Hours: Daily: 9am–6pm, except on Fridays: 9am-9pm
Ticket Prices: From 12€ ($14) for adults, free for persons 19 and under

The Albertina museum is hosting one of the largest and most valuable graphic collections in the world. Famous works such as Dürer’s “Young Hare” and Klimt’s ‘studies of the female form’ are on display there. The latest exhibition showcases masterpieces ranging from Monet to Picasso and Baselitz.

The original collection, which was established in 18th century by Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen, consists from over one million prints and 60,000 drawings.

A permanent display of new exhibition collection covers the most important art movements of the past 130 years ranging from French impressionism to German expressionism through the Russian avantgarde and the present day art. Monet’s “Water Lily Pond”, Degas’ “Dancers” and Renoir’s “Girl” are few of spectacular works of art on display, together with paintings by Beckmann, Macke, Chagall, Malevich, Rothko, Rainer and Katz.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Art History Museum)

Location: Albertinaplatz/Maysedergasse, 1010 Vienna
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00; Thursday, 10:00 – 21:00
Ticket Prices: From 12€ ($15) adults, free for persons 19 and under

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Art History Museum) was built in late 19th century near the Imperial Palace with initial idea to house the extensive collections of the imperial family. Current collection of famous works and the largest Bruegel collection in the world, it is considered one of the most eminent museums on a global scale.

Among numerous art works of European art history, we can find Raphael’s “Madonna in the Meadow,” Vermeer’s “The Allegory of Painting,” the Infanta paintings by Velazquez, and masterworks by Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto. The Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection contains fascinating artifacts from early cultures as well.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Entrance Ticket

Leopold Museum

Location: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun 9:00am–6:00 pm; Tuesday – closed
Ticket Prices: 9€ ($11) adults, 6.5€ ($8) ages 18–25, free for children 17 and under

Leopold Museum is located in MuseumQuartier, where several other museums and galleries are located, so it can be full day exploration: mumok – Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthalle Wien, Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien and ZOOM Children’s Museum.

The Leopold Museum has a unique collections of Viennese art nouveau, the Vienna Workshop and of the Expressionist period. It showcases the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world as well as masterpieces by Gustav Klimt.

Both permanent and temporary exhibitions are hosted in an area of 5,400 m² over four floors.

Kunst Haus Wien

Location: Untere Weißgerberstraße 13 , 1030 Wien
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00-18:00
Ticket Prices: From 11€ ($13)

Kunst Haus Wien is a unique museum and exhibition space created by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian-born New Zealand artist and architect. The former Thonet bentwood furniture factory was completely redesigned in very playful fashion, using glass, metal, bricks, wood and ceramic tiles in many colors and shapes.

Opened in 1991, Kunst Haus Wien houses a permanent Hundertwasser exhibition on two floors and two other floors are dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

On the ground floor there is a space called “Garage”, where artists and creatives perform art exhibitions based on the topics of sustainability, climate change, recycling and urban life. On the lower ground floor, there is an exhibition of works of young photographers.

Conclusion

With more than 100 museums in Vienna, average visitor will have to spend few months to visit all of them. That’s why we recommend to come back to Vienna often and see them all.
For detailed information about museums in Vienna, together with current exhibitions and events, please visit Wien Info page.

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