The art museum Albertina owns one of the most valuable and extensive graphic collections in the world. It is located inside the biggest former Habsburg residential palace at the southern tip of the Hofburg. Visitors get access to 20 State Apartments, some of them still featuring original furnishings.
Albertina is home to over one million printed graphics as well as 60,000, the oldest dating back as far as into the 15th century. The permanent exhibition has a focus on art from the past 130 years. It includes famous works by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Dürer, and many more. Further collections follow themes of sculpture, photography, or architecture. Moreover, there are changing special exhibitions. The museum also features a library and research centre as well as dining facilities.
Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen, was the founder and eponym of the Albertina. In 1776, he received 1000 pieces of art in Venice, the foundation of today's collection. He decided on the structure of the future collection. Albertina's location, the palace at the Hofburg, was the duke's interim place of residence.
Over the years, the collection kept growing. In his will, Duke Albert determined the museum to be permanent property of the State of Austria. In 1920, the collection was joined with the emperial library, adding more than 500,000 printed graphics, and 10,000 architectural drawings. To this date, new pieces are added. In October 2008, an exhibition floor for contemporary art was opened.
How to get there
On public transport
Albertina can easily be accessed on public transportation. There are several stations nearby. Subway lines U1, U2, and U4 go to Karlsplatz/Oper, U3 stops at Stephansplatz. Tramlines 1, 2, D, 62, 71, and Badner Bahn go to Kärntner Ring/Oper. Citybus line 2A goes straight to Albertina.
You can park your car for a fee at Kärtnerringgarage, Kärntnerstraße Tiefgarage, or Parkgarage Opernringhof.