Permanent Collection - Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Picture Gallery

The distinct character of the gallery as one of the first princely private collections arises from its centuries-old history: Thanks to the patronage of individual members of the House of Habsburg, it presents an unrivalled richness in some genres of painting. Archduke Leopold Wilhelm founded the picture gallery around the middle of the 17th century with works acquired while he was Governor of the Netherlands. His collection of some 1400 paintings was mainly the product of the Venetian Renaissance (Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto), but also included major works of 15th to 17th century Flemish masters (van Eyck, Rubens, van Dyck).

Egyptian Collection

The Egypt Collection counts to the greatest collections on its subject with regard to its very extensive stock of monuments of the "Old Kingdom". The collection basically emerged in the 19th and 20th century, developed by purchases, donations and new acquisitions from excavations.
The most important part of the Near Eastern Collection are the monuments of ancient South Arabia. Most of these we owe to the activities of the Austrian explorer, Eduard Glaser (d. 1908).

Greek and Roman Antiquities

The Collection originating from the former estate of the Habsburgs is among the most important of ist kind in the world. The exhibits cover a period of history extending from Cypriot Bronze Age pottery from the 3rd millenium B.C. to Slavic finds from around the turn of the first millenium A.D. Above all, the collection is internationally renowned as the home of the unique cameos and archeological treasures dating from the Great Migration an the Early Middle Ages.


The ruins of Ephesus (Turkey), an important city of the ancient Greek world and later a metropolis of the Roman Empire, have been under excavation by Austrian archeologists ever since 1895. Up until 1906 numerous high-quality finds entered the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiques, where they unfortunately had to be put into storage due to lack of space. It was only in 1978, that the Ephesus Museum could be opened in the neo-baroque halls of the Neue Burg, as an annexe to the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities.
Apart from the archeological finds from Ephesus itself, the Ephesus Museum also houses architectural specimens and sculptures from the sanctuary of a mytery cult excavated by Austrian archeologists in 1873 and 1875 on the greak island of Samothrake.

The Collections and where to find them

A-1010 Vienna, Maria Theresien Platz

Picture Gallery
Kunsthistorisches Museum, 1st Floor,

Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection
Kunsthistorisches Museum, 1 st Floor,

Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Groundfloor,

A-1010 Vienna, Heldenplatz

Neue Burg,

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