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Albertina Museum


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Vienna can pride itself on lot of museums. The majority of the collections is located in former palaces or eye-appealing buildings. The museums of Vienna await you with a wide range of works from all over the world. The collections present objects from the ancient times till the modern times as well as medieval religious paintings and paintings from the 19-20th century. In the imperial treasury you can admire silver and golden objects. The turn of the century exhibitions are also unique.

A lot of the museums are world famous while others present the history of Austria. Anyway it is worth visiting a lot of museums in Vienna. For example the Albertina Museum located next to the Hofburg.

The museum received its name after Prince Albert von Sachsen-Teschen the son-in-law of Maria Theresa. He wanted to settle down in Saxony his birthplace and therefore Maria Theresa donated him this palace so that her daughter stayed in Vienna. Prince Albert converted the palace into a gallery in the 19th century and it was also he who grounded the world famous graphic collection.

Nowadays Albertina is the home of one of the biggest graphic collections of the world. The collection includes one million woodcuts and copper engravings, more than 65 000 aquarelles and more than 70 000 photographs. The most illustrious pieces of the collection are Leonardo's, Michelangelo's, Dürer's and Rubens's drawings. The 20th century section is dominated by Picasso's work pieces.

The palace was renovated and expanded between 1999 and 2003. There is not any permanent exhibition in the Albertina but you can find three rooms, which are the venues of the periodic exhibitions. During the renovation the Albertina got back much from its former beauty. The central yard and the facade were also renewed.

The 200-year-old Habsburg apartments were also opened for the public at large. The beautiful saloons belong to the most precious pieces of the classic architecture.



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