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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Fine Arts)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Fine Arts)

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Fine Arts)

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Maria Theresien-Platz, Vienna, 1010

The Basics

While you could duck into the Kunsthistorisches Museum for an hour, strategic planning helps make the most of even a quick trip. Choose a laser-focused visit based around a couple of collections, or opt for a longer stay with time to wander between galleries. Since the vast museum can be overwhelming, a guided tour ensures you don’t miss the highlights, while a skip-the-line ticket helps save time.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The museum’s side entrance, located at Burgring 5, has barrier-free access for wheelchairs.

  • Wheelchairs are available on loan at the museum—reserve in advance.

  • Vienna City Card holders enjoy discounted access to the museum, although some tours of Vienna include admission.

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How to Get There

The Kunsthistorisches Museum sits on Maria-Theresien-Platz in Vienna. Served by the U2 and U3 trains, Volkstheater is the closest underground station, while trams D, 1, 2, 46, 49, and 71 also stop nearby. Or, take bus 57 to the Burgring stop. Taxis are plentiful.

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When to Get There

While a steady stream of visitors keeps the Kunsthistorisches Museum busy year-round, the expansive galleries rarely feel crowded. To avoid the most popular times, though, go on a weekday. In addition to the permanent collections, rotating exhibitions display pieces from around the world—check the museum’s website for upcoming events.

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Visiting the Kunsthistorisches Museum Café

From the black-and-white floor to the soaring ceiling, the dome hall is a lovely setting for the Kunsthistorisches Museum café. Breakfast is served on weekends and public holidays, and the regular menu includes a mix of Austrian and international items. Reservations (which you can make on the museum’s website) are a must, and you’ll need a museum ticket to enter the café.

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