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The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is one of the world’s foremost museums. The magnificent architecture alone offers an inkling of the overwhelming enjoyment of art that awaits the visitor at this Museum on Vienna’s Ringstrasse, originally commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph and officially inaugurated in 1891. Experience the rich collections of the Habsburgs, a dynasty that ruled in Austria for more than 600 years, for most of that time also as Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna boasts exhibits spanning five millennia – from Ancient Egypt to Greek Antiquity to the late 18th century. The Picture Gallery features unique major works by Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Velázquez and Vermeer as well as the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings. On show at the Kunstkammer Vienna are the most wonderful of artworks, exotic items from distant climes, and mystical-magic objects. Perhaps the best-known work at the Kunstkammer Vienna is the world famous ‘ Saliera’ (salt cellar) by Benvenuto Cellini. Visit the various museums and collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and enjoy the genuinely imperial treasures on show. In autumn 2017 – from October 17th till January 21st, 2018 – the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is dedicating a magnificent exhibition to the foremost Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens , a key exponent of European painting. His oeuvre will be combined in a spectacular showcase. Its focal point will be the painter’s creativity. The Neue Burg is the most recent part of the Hofburg Palace on Vienna’s Ringstrasse, and it is home to three further collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The Collection of Historic Musical Instruments comprises the original instruments of some of the world’s greatest composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The Collection of Arms and Armour is packed full of magnificent suits of armour and decorative weapons that attest to chivalric values and important occasions at court. And at the Ephesos Museum the ‘Parthian Monument’ reflects the glory and splendour of one of Antiquity’s greatest cities.