Closed on Mondays, the Kunstmuseum hosts regular business hours. Entrance to the museum requires a small fee. Visitors who would like to visit the museum's shop can do so free of charge. Participants can take a guided tour of the facility. Organized classes for adults and children are also hosted by the foundation.
The history of the museum dates back to 1809 when the facility was first founded. The initial building of the museum, however, didn't open until 1879. Today, the museum is the oldest art museum in Switzerland with an impressive collection of works spanning eight centuries.
In total, the museum boasts a collection of more than 3,000 paintings and sculptures accompanied by 48,000 drawings, photographs, prints, films, and videos. The international art trends of Jackson Pollock are also represented at the facility. The museum's collection is considered the most distinguishing in all of Switzerland. The Kunstmuseum is officially a foundation financially supported by the city and state. The foundation collects works of art from the Middle Ages until present to add to its already breathtaking collection. The main emphasis of the museum is Swiss and Bernese art. It also collects international art from the 19th Century and beyond.
Housed in Lucerne's Congress Center, the Kuntsmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts Bern) is an ultra modern, glass and steel structure designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in 2000. The museum features the works of Swiss painters from the 18th Century through the 20th Century. Exhibits include items from Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Ferdinand Hodler, and Meret Oppenheim.