Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Visited on Monday 20th July 2015

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is situated in the Museum Quarter of Vienna.

It has an impressive number of collections that includes a huge collection amassed by the Habsburgs and other collections from Ancient Egypt to the late 18th century. The collections are of Renaissance and Baroque Art, Egyptian,  Greek and Roman Antiquities and Coin Collection.

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The Museum was opened around 1891 at the same time as the Naturhistorisches Museum, by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. The two museums have identical exteriors and face each other across Maria-Theresien-Platz.

The construction of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. It was intended to house and display the Habsburg art collections in a way that was both dignified and modern. In this project, the Egyptian Collection played a prominent role. Its galleries were luxuriously designed in the Egyptian style.

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Address:  A-1010 Wien, Maria Theresien-Platz

Telephone: +43 1 52524

Hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm (Thursdays Open until 9pm)

There are two ticket offices but it happens that visitors are queuing only at the one on the right, so check by pushing the left “Eintritt” door if that ticket office is open.
The décor of the cafeteria under the cupola is amazing; is this the most beautiful museum cafeteria in Europe?

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Prices (2015): full 14€, with the “Wien-Karte” 13€, reduced 11€ (Concessions: Note NUS student card only apply to Students 27 years or younger so not mature students like me!!!)

Cloak room is included. Audioguide 4€.

Website: http://www.khm.at/en/

Photography is allowed (No Flash or Video).

The Egyptian Collection

The Egyptian Collection in the Kunsthistorisches Museum has its origins in the Cabinet of Coins and Antiques. The archaeological and numismatic collections in the possession of the Habsburg dynasty were united under this name in the eighteenth century. There were some very early Egyptian acquisitions, but the most important augmentations to the collection occurred in 1821 (nearly 4000 objects) and in 1878 (nearly 2000 objects).

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The acquisition in 1821 was mainly due to the initiative of Dr. Ernst August Burghard, a medical doctor from Székesfehérvár, Hungary. While travelling in Egypt he purchased all kinds of pharaonic antiquities, such as statues, reliefs, coffins, papyri, bronzes etc., on behalf of the Austrian imperial dynasty.

Numerous objects, often precious and attractive, were donated by Austrian merchants or diplomats, including four of the five huge stone sarcophagi from the Late Period and two Sakhmet statues from Thebes, both more than life-size as well as several stelae, papyri, and other objects.

Ist Room (Coffins and Sarcophaghi)

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Offering Room of Kaninisut discovered by Hermann Junker (1877 – 1962), he was a German archaeologist best known for his discovery of the Merimde site in the West Delta in Lower Egypt in 1928.

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Full photo collection at my link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127735911@N08/albums/72157656277863332

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