Albertina

Price guide: Mid-range

Albertinaplatz 1 , Vienna, 1010

Price guide: Mid-range

Albertina
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#5 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Vienna
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Education, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Albertina

Great Impressionist works plus photography and graphic art collections.

Certainly this is one of the more interesting museums and, even if your time in Vienna is limited, definitely worth a visit. Named after Maria Theresia's son-in-law, Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen, the Albertina is home to nearly 50,000 drawings and watercolours and the world's largest collection of graphic art. It was Prince Albert who began the collection, that today covers the period between the 14th and 21st centuries, and contains early works by Albrecht Dürer, drawings by Hieronymus Bosch, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Rubens and Rembrandt. Later acquisitions include works by Paul Cézanne, Schiele, Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Georg Baselitz.

Since Klaus Albrecht Schröder, charismatic museum director, took over 10 years ago the collection has slowly grown and today houses a key collection of Impressionist canvases and some great works by Paul Klee from the Carl Djerassi Collection. The Albertina also regularly exhibits works from its extensive photographic collection. The former Hapsburg chambers – which have been sumptuously renovated – are open to visitors, the Hall of the Muses is particularly beautiful with its white statues and crystal chandeliers. On the terrace, which formed part of the old wall, notice the spectacular titanium wing designed by Hans Hollein, the hallmark of the new Albertina. 

Price advice: 

Tickets can be purchased in advance (go to www.albertina.at then follow fast lane ticket link) and are valid for the entire museum, including all special exhibitions and the Hapsburg state rooms at the cost of 9.50 euros.

Expert tips: 
Unfortunately the permanent collection is on tour till April 2011.
Restaurant Cafe Do & Co is open daily 9am-midnight, and is a good place to recharge the batteries.
Good outdoor photo opportunity from the Albertina terrace.
State apartments are sometimes closed at short notice due to bad weather and/or special events.

More information on Albertina :

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Art gallery, Castle / palace, Museum
Address:
Albertinaplatz 1 , Vienna, 1010
Telephone:
01 534 83
Website:
http://www.albertina.at
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 10am-7pm, Wed 10am-9pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both

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