Chamber of Art and Curiosities
The Chambers of Art and Curiosities of the Renaissance are encyclopaedic, universal collections that encompass the entire body of knowledge available during their era. The collection, therefore, contains not only outstanding artworks such as the Figurine of Death, but also scientific objects such as the Centrepiece with Compass, objects from far-off lands such as the “Ryukyu Bowl,” rare products of nature, portraits of people thought to be "miracles" such as the Hirsute Man, and last but not least fascinating games and unusual musical instruments.
The collection at Ambras is the only chamber of art from the Mannerist era to have been preserved at its original location, and is thus of inestimable value. The present-day display follows the intentions of Archduke Ferdinand insofar as it has been possible to do so. Ferdinand presented his collection in 18 ceiling-high cabinets Objects made of the same material—such as ivory, wood or coral—were united in the same case, irregardless of their origins or theme. The cases themselves were painted on their insides, with the respective colours forming an aesthetically pleasing unity with the displayed materials: this gave rise to combinations including gold on blue, wood on red, stone on green, etc.
Schlossstraße 20, 6020 Innsbruck
daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission till half an hour before closing time.
Closed during November!
The Habsburg portrait gallery and the Collection of gothic sculptures are open April to October!
Tel. +43 1 525 24- 4802