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MuseumsVienna’s variety of museums is impressive, some of which some have gained international renown.
As certified tourist guide, I am of course also authorized to guide you inside Vienna's museums; here is a list of some of them:
Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History)
The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna numbers among the most important European museum buildings put up during the 19th century.
The monumental structure, built at the behest of Emperor Franz Joseph I as part of his expansion of the city in 1858, was intended to both unite and appropriately represent the artistic treasures that had been collected by the Habsburgs over the centuries.
One of the world’s finest art collections has been housed since 1805 in the Albertina, a grand Viennese palace in the Neoclassical style. The palace takes its name from the collection’s founder, Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen (1738-1822), a son-in-law of Austrian Empress Maria Theresa (1717-80).
The MuseumsQuartier Wien is one of the ten largest cultural complexes in the world. The spectrum ranges from large art museums like the Leopold Museum (contains the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world, together with major works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl and Albin Egger-Lienz) and the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna) to contemporary exhibition spaces like the KUNSTHALLE wien and festivals like the Wiener Festwochen.
The Belvedere’s two magnificent palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere, were built in the 18th century as the summer residence for the important general Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736). The Upper Belvedere houses the impressive collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. At the heart of the displays of "art around 1900" is the world’s largest Gustav Klimt collection.
The Secular Treasury offers a unique panorama covering over a millennium of European history. This is the home of the most important collection of medieval royal objects: the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, including the Imperial Crown and the Holy Lance. Further highlights include the Crown of Emperor Rudolf II. (which later on became Crown of the Austrian Empire), as well as the vestments and other precious items of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Wien Museum is a general-purpose metropolitan museum with a wide range of collections and exhibitions – from the history of the city to art, fashion and modern culture, from the earliest settlements to the present day.
The Jewish Museum Vienna is a place of encounter, communication and discussion. Its exhibitions and its modern presentation of Viennese Jewish history and the Jewish religion make it an important and unique historical and cultural landmark among Vienna’s museums.
Jüdisches Museum Wien
In Sigmund Freud’s former apartment and office, you will see an exhibition documenting the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis, original furnishings, articles of daily use and antiquitites from Freud’s collection as well as temporary special exhibitions. You will enter the rooms where new science was created and where Freud and his family spent 47 years.
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