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Albertina - the largest museum of painting and graphics in Austria

Albertina - the largest museum of painting and graphics in Austria

The Albertina is one of the must-see places for tourists who visit Vienna. The number of drawings collected here is one of the largest in the world: 65,000 drawings and more than 1 million printed works occupying several halls and a number of exhibitions. The museum building is also a historical landmark - it is almost 250 years old, located in the center of the Austrian capital and attracts the rapt attention of passing tourists.


History Museum

  • 1870s - Duke Albert decided to collect graphic works in his castle in Bratislava
  • July 4, 1776 - founding date of the gallery
  • 1795 - moving to the current palace in Vienna: the building was immediately built to accommodate the art gallery within its walls.
  • 1822 - The collection became accessible to the public (previously only the elite could see it); the only condition was that they had their own shoes
  • 1919 the palace and the collection came into the possession of the Austrian Republic.
  • 1920 The collection was joined to the printed works of the Royal Library.
  • 1921 The museum was named "Albertina" after the founder of the collection.
  • 1996-2003 - reconstruction of the building
  • 2004 - Museum becomes the most popular museum in Austria .

Museum features

The collection contains works from Gothic times to the present day. Visitors can see original works by Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Rubens, Raphael Santi, Rembrandt, Michelangelo Buonarroti and other great artists. The collection has been huge since its first day: more than 10,000 drawings and 200,000 graphic paintings.


At the same time, visitors will not be able to see the entire collection - the works of many artists are presented in exhibitions, the schedule of which can be found on the museum's official website. Permanent exhibitions include works by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Francis Bacon and Auguste Renoir.

The cost of admission to the museum is 12.9 euros for an adult, 9.9 euros for an elderly citizen and 8.5 euros for a student. People under the age of 18 can visit the museum for free. During temporary exhibitions you can enter for 4 € per adult, but only one room will be available - only one exhibit. Tourists can also additionally buy an audio guide (recording telling about all the paintings of the museum) for 4 €.

In addition to the exhibition halls, the museum has a library, a restaurant and stores that are open: you can buy books about paintings, various souvenirs, textiles and jewelry.

Interesting facts

  • At the entrance to the museum is a 64-meter granite slab.
  • Each year, more than 610 thousand tourists visit the museum.

The object belongs to museums.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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