Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

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The Museum of Ethnology (Museum für Völkerkunde Wien) is the largest ethnographic museum in Austria. Its origins date to the year 1806 when a separate "imperial and royal ethnographic collection" was established in the Hofnaturalienkabinett (lit. Imperial Cabinet of Natural History) with the acquisition of parts of the Cook collection. From 1876 onwards, the anthropological-ethnographic department of the Natural History Museum administered the rapidly growing holdings. 1928 saw the creation of an autonomous Museum of Ethnology in the Corps de Logis of the Neue Burg palace.  Since 2001, the museum has been part of the museum complex "Kunsthistorisches Museum with Museum of Ethnology and Austrian Theatre Museum." The Museums of Ethnology currently houses more than 200.000 ethnographical and archaeological objects as well as 25.000 historical photographs from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

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