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Kunsthistorisches Museum - Fine Art Museum
This monumental structure was built by Austria's last Emperor Franz Joseph I as part of his expansion of the city in mid 19th century. It was originally intended to both unite, house and exhibit all art treasures the Habsburg dynasty collected over the centuries.
Among them you can admire numerous major art works of European art history, i.e. Raphael’s 'Madonna in the Meadow,' Vermeer’s 'The Allegory of Painting,' the Infanta paintings by Velazquez, masterworks by Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto....all are housed in the paintings gallery - it is really quite a collection you will get to see!
There is also the Collection of Sculpture and Decorative Arts - interesting too, especially if you are into rarities (the Habsburgs used to collect them like mad!). Also, the 'Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection' is where you find treasures of these important ancient cultures.
The Museum is huge. We recommend that you make a choice of what you are really interested in, otherwise you will get overwhelmed! Come back another day with a clear mind...
The Natural History Museum is among the largest of its kind and one of the most important ones - sometimes it can be overwhelming for kids.... We recommend for you to start with your kids at the insects section and work your way through to the mammals section. Be aware: There is a special hands-on section just for kids so make sure to ask for exact directions at the ticket box.
Another highlight is the famous 'kid's nighttour' using a torch....a real adventure, and for kids that are not easily spooked!
To end the special excursion: treat yourself with a stop in the museum's café - you can order up a chocolate fondue for the table. This will revive everyone!