Wien - Vienna


Albertinaplatz 1

Phone: +43 1 534 83-0
Fax: +43 1 534 83-430


The Founding of the Albertina

In the 1760’s Duke Albert, who was born in 1738 to Elector Friedrich August von Sachsen, married Marie-Christine, Maria-Theresia’s favourite daughter and he became governor of Hungary. It was Marie-Christine’s dowry which secured Duke Albert’s material wealth, without which his collecting later on would have been unthinkable. In July 1776 the Genoese art expert and Austrian ambassador Giacomo Conte Durazzo presented almost one thousand pieces of art to the ducal couple in Venice. Hand in hand with this gift came the Albertina’s founding certificate, the Discorso Preliminiare, in which Conte Durazzo not only explained the structural system of the future collection but also wrote down the principles of a dedicated philosopher of the Enlightenment: he wanted to create a collection for posterity that served higher purposes than all others: Education and the power of morality should distinguish this collection not amusement and representation.

In 1781 Duke Albert became Governor General of the Austrian Netherlands, thus the centres of the European art trade in Holland, France, Germany and England opened to him. After the loss of the Hungarian territories Albert and Marie-Christine retreated to Vienna, back to the palace on the bastion: today’s Abertina, which was put at their disposal by Kaiser Franz I. From then on until his death in 1822 Duke Albert was almost exclusively occupied with the extension and structuring of his collection. Very significant additions to the collection were achieved through the acquisition of 800 drawings from the collection of Charles Antoine Prince de Ligne – among them imp... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

The Graphic Collection
The Albertina, whose foundation and name go back to the passionate art lover and collector Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen (1738-1822), accommodates one of the largest and most precious graphic art collections in the world. Presently, it comprises nearly 50,000 drawings and one million prints dating from all major epochs, ranging from Late Gothic to contemporary art. The range of outstanding works spans from Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael through Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens to Lorrain, Delacroix, Manet and Cézanne. The collections of the 20th Century including the works of Schiele, Klimtand Kokoschka as well as Warhol, Rauschenberg and Baselitz distinguish the Albertina.

The Photographic Collection
The foundation of the photographic collection begun in1999 is based on the collection of the Höhere Grafische Bundeslehr- und Versuchsanstalt (Federal Education and Research Institute for Graphics), which had been primarily promoted by Josef Maria Eder. Apart from studio photography, early colour photography and pictorial works it primarily contains examples of scientific photography.
Another important part of this archive is the collection of the Langwieschepublishing house, famous for its picture books, emphasising on subject photography from the 1920’s and 30’s. The other parts of the collection document the origins of the medium up until today, focusing especially on American photography of the 1960’s and 70’s.

The Architecture Collection
The architecture collection contains almost 25.000 drafts, sketches and models; among them the estates of architects such as Francesco Borromini, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, A...+ [ Read all ]


Biedermeier - The Invention of Simplicity. 2 Feb. 2007 - 13 May 2007

"Biedermeier - The Invention of Simplicity" explores first and foremost the Albertina's beginnings: In 1820 Archduke Charles, when moving into the palace of the Albertina, commissioned the epoch's most comprehensive and at the same time most radical refurbishment and interior decoration project in Central Europe. In contrast to the opulent splendour of the French Empire style and Neo-Classicism's historicising reception of antiquity, this novel decorative style is marked by a renunciation of ornament and a reduction to geometric basic form: this applies to furniture, as well as to porcelain, silver, and glass.
After the Congress of Vienna, this "invention of simplicity" - both as a style and as an ethic attitude - disseminated from the capital and residential town to other art centres in Central and Northern Europe: Goethe's Weimar, Munich, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

Peter Fendi and His Circle 22 March 2007 - 7 June 2007
Parallel to the exhibition “Biedermeier – The Invention of Simplicity

Previous Exhibitions

Andy Warhol: POPSTARS. Drawings and Collages. 24 Nov. 2006 - 18 Feb. 2007

Picasso – Painting against time. 22 Sept. 2006 – 7 Jan. 2007

Franz Gertsch. 20 Oct. 2006 - 7 Jan. 2007

The Pioneers of Daguerreotype in Austria. 22 Sept. 2006 - 19 Nov. 2006

MOZART. The Enlightenment: An Experiment, 17 March–20 Sept. 2006

Egon Schiele, 7.12.2005 –19.3.2006

City.Life.Vienna. 20.10.2005 –22.1.2006

From Goya to Picasso. 8.4. - 28.8.2005

Piet Mondrian, 11.3.-29.6.2005

Chagall. The Myths of the Bible. 3.12.2004 - 28.3.2005

Peter Paul Rubens. 15.9. - 5.12.2004

Rembrandt. 26.3. - 27.6.2004

Pop Art & Minimalism. The Serial Attitude. 10.3. - 29.8.2004

Gustav Klimt to Paul Klee. Wotruba and Modernism 20.12.2003 - 7.3.2004

Albrecht Dürer. 5.9. - 8.12.2003

Eye and Camera. A History of Photography. 14.3. - 29.8.2003

Edvard Munch. Theme and Variation. 14.3.- 9.6.2003

Forthcoming exhibitions

Views - In Passing - From 1930 Until Today. From the Albertina Photo Collection
16.05. - 09.09.2007

Expressive! The Artists of "Die Brücke": The Collection of Hermann Gerlinger
01.06. - 02.09.2007

Desert Dreaming: Australian Aboriginal Art
15.6. - 26.8.2007

Philip Guston - Drawings
07.09. - 25.11.2007


Adults € 9,50
Senior citizens (Over 60), Wien-Card-Member, Concessions € 8,-
Pupils, Students € 7,-
Ö1-Club-Members (with valid ID) minus 10%
Groups of 10 € 7,- each
Family ticket (2 Adults with school age children) € 21,50
Single parent ticket (1 Adult with school age children) € 12,50
School classes: € 3,50

Children under 6 years, Friends of the Albertina: Entrance free

Tickets and advance tickets are available at the ticket desk. Advance tickets are available from overseas (plus processing fee) from: Art Cities, TEL 0049-(0)7531-9073 0 or via E-mail at

Opening hours

Museum Hours
Monday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Opening Hours DO & CO Albertina Restaurant
Monday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Getting there

How to reach us
U-Bahn (Subway)
U1, U2, U4 (at Karlsplatz)
U3 (at Stephansplatz)

1, 2, D, J (at Staatsoper)

2A (at Albertina)

A detailed map and directions telling you how to reach the Albertina by subway, coach, car, or taxi may be downloaded here as a PDF file (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required).

Arriving by coach
Stops for coaches are located directly in front of the Albertina and along the extension of the Albertinaplatz on Operngasse. In order to access these areas, coaches need an official permit or written confirmation of an appointment for a guided tour or visit, which will be sent to you by the Visitors’ Department upon prior arrangement. Tel. +43 1 534 83-540, Fax +43 1 534 83-547

Parking facilities are located on Bellariastrasse and on Schmerlingplatz, as well as on Rathausplatz, Lothringerstrasse, and near Morzinplatz.

are taken to the Albertina’s main entrance on the former bastion, the old town wall of Vienna, by an escalator or lift. The museum shop and the café are accessible to the public free of charge from the main entrance lobby, and there is an information stand for visitors in the lounge area of the Harriet Hartmann Court.

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Disabled visitors are welcome at the Albertina. All of the museum’s public areas (exhibition halls, the Habsburg staterooms, the café, the museum shop, and the workshop area) are barrier-free environments. For further information please call +43 1 534 83-555 (information point).

Wheelchairs and walkers
are available free of charge at the main cloakroom against deposit of identification.

Visitors with hearing impairments
In collaboration with WITAF (Organisation for the the Deaf, Vienna), the Albertina provides Sign Language Interpretation for guided tours. With advance notice, a Sign Language interpreter may be requested for any private guided tour. For dates and conditions please contact the Albertina education department. Email:, FAX to +43 1 53483-547, phone +43 1 53483-540.

For each exhibition, our website supplies written information. Moreover, our exhibitions are accompanied by catalogues.

Registered assistance dogs
Disabled visitors may take along their dogs upon prior registration at +43 1 534 83-540.

Parking for the disabled
Two parking places for disabled visitors are located on the Albertinaplatz (opposite the fiacre stand)

for disabled visitors are located on the first upper floor (level 1), near the entrance of the Propter Homines Hall, and on the first lower floor (level–1).

Beverages and small refreshments are available at the DO&CO café on the ground floor.

The café and restaurant offer a contrasting atmosphere of modern museum and historical palace. The unique culinary establishment has 60 seats, an open kitchen, a stone bar, as well as a huge terrace for the summer season.

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Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

As our events are held in German, we kindly ask you to refer to the German version:


Guided Tours for the General Public

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 3:30 p.m. in German only.
Rate per person: € 2.00
Meeting point: Harriet Hartmann-Court
Groups of ten or more are asked to arrange individual tours, available in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Romanian and Norwegian.

Group Registration:


The Albertina makes a point of cooperating with teachers, school authorities, and parents. Pupils should be encouraged to develop abilities enabling them to understand art and take pleasure in it.


Family programmes offer an excellent introduction for children and adults into our comprehensive display of works of art through guided tours and art workshops.


Kindergarten Programmes
The programme lasts 90 minutes and can be booked from Mondays to Fridays. For Kindergarten groups we open at 8:00 am.
The tour fee is € 70,00 per group. The entrance is free for two accompanying individuals (max. 15 children) and they take the responsibility for the children throughout their visit at the Albertina. Cancellation is free of charge up to 2 days prior to the appointment.
If the cancellation is after this date or is not received at all we charge a fee of € 55,00. Please send your cancellation via E–mail to: or per Fax +43 1 534 8354-547 or telephone +43 1 534 83-540.
Please book your visit with the Albertina Department of Museum Education at: +43 1 534 83-541 and then fax the following completed: first name list.
PLEASE NOTE: Please ask the children to dress in practical and durable clothes! Have fun with our activity "play-along"-programme!


Programmes for adults offer visitors a variety of possibilities to familiarise themselves with the works of art on view in our temporary exhibitions.


The Friends of the Albertina support the Museum in many ways. Your membership helps us to expand our collection, continue with our exhibition programme, and preserve and maintain the historical palace. No matter whether you are a contributing, sustaining, or supporting member: you will participate in the activities of our institution according to your own preferences and possibilities. Join the Friends and enjoy numerous benefits. A membership also makes a nice gift.

Your benefits at a glance:
Visit more than 10 exhibitions a year, as well as the Habsburg State Rooms – free of charge and as often as you like.
Enjoy privileges and avoid queuing up at the ticket office.
Take part in our special programmes, events, and exhibitions, and join us at exhibition openings.
As a Friend of the Albertina you will be part of a pulsating art scene and support one of the most preeminent and successful museums in the world.

Membership Fees

Contributing Membership € 50.00
Combined membership for relatives living at the same address € 35.00
Senior citizens over 60 € 40.00
Students under 27 € 30.00

Sustaining Membership € 70.00
Combined membership for relatives living at the same address € 55.00
Senior citizens over 60 € 60.00

Supporting Membership € 200.00

You can join the Friends at the information desk in the Harriet Hartmann Court during the Museum’s opening hours, or you can send your membership registration form via fax to +43 1 534 83-547.

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Venue hire

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Albertina team