"Greek and Roman Antiquities." Top 5 Page for this destination KHM - Kunsthistorisches Museum - Art History Museum Tip by breughel

  Gemma Augustea, KHM.
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  • Gemma Augustea, KHM. - Vienna
      Gemma Augustea, KHM.
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  • Light effects on statue heads, KHM. - Vienna
      Light effects on statue heads, KHM.
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  • Hall with Greek statues, KHM. - Vienna
      Hall with Greek statues, KHM.
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  • Votive Statue of a Man from Cyprus, KHM. - Vienna
      Votive Statue of a Man from Cyprus, KHM.
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The collection of Greek and Roman antiquities at the ground floor (Hochparterre) of the KHM main building, Maria Theresian Platz, was started by the Habsburgs in the 16th c.
The unique and spectacular antique cameos, including the famous Gemma Augustea, (photo 1) highlights of this KHM department, date from Rudolf II (ruled from 1576 till 1612).
Over the centuries the collection expanded and was moved in 1891 from the Augustinian Corridor in the Hofburg Place and from the Lower Belvedere Palace into the newly opened Kunsthistorisches Museum.
After renovation work the collection is presented since 2005 in a new light but also in a space expanded to nine halls and seven cabinets. The number of the items on display amount to 2500 objects.
Remarkable are the light effects as you can see from my photos. Purists might say that there are too much light effects but I like the way this department played with lights. Display of antique statue heads can be dull and this is certainly not what I would say from this part of the KHM.

It was a very pleasant visit not forgetting the amazing décor of the cafeteria under the monumental cupola.

It is also possible to visit with the same ticket the Ephesus museum at the Neue Burg.
We did not use that possibility because visiting the Paintings gallery plus the Greek, Roman and Egyptian departments of the KHM main building took us the whole day.

Open from 10 - 18 h from Tuesday till Sunday (Thursday till 21 h). Closed on Monday.
There are files. Actually there are two ticket offices (19th c. style) 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.
Price (2013): full 14?, with the "Wien-Karte" 13?, reduced 11? (for seniors>65 yr). Audioguide and cloak room are included.

Address: Maria Theresienplatz
Directions: Between Museumsplatz & Burgring
Phone: +43 1 52524
Website: http://www.khm.at

Review Helpfulness: 5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2013
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