A repository of incalculable cultural wealth, with an especially impressive coin collection.
Historic itself, opened in 1891.
Over the centuries, the Habsburg dynasty accumulated incalculable cultural riches, whether because of its rulers' artistic interests, Austria's geographical advantages in having far-flung contacts and trade routes from northern Europe down through the Mediterranean and into the Ottoman Empire, or a combination of all the above. In any case, much of that patrimony, once stored at the Hofburg and Belvedere palaces, was transfered to this, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, upon its construction in 1891. This amazing collection runs from artifacts of ancient Egypt to masterpieces by Tintoretto and Raphael. And don't miss the epic coin collection, with more than 700,000 items ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to our own era.