5 Must-Visit Art Museums in Austria

    From old masters to contemporary art, Austria’s art museums are amongst the best in all of Europe.

    From old masters to contemporary art, Austria’s art museums are amongst the best in all of Europe. Whether you’re looking to see ancient artifacts, works by Klimt and Schiele, or discover an unknown contemporary artist, these are five museums you should know about:

    1. Museum of Fine Arts, Vienna

    Thanks to the acquisitions by and the patronage of the House of Habsburg, the Museum of fine Arts in Vienna has an unrivalled collection of old masters, including a vast selection of works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. You will also find Ancient Egyptian and Greek and Roman Antiquities and Medieval Art housed in this grand Ringstraße building.

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    Museum of Fine Arts Vienna

    2. MUMOK – Museum of Modern Art, Vienna

    Located in a gigantic black basalt cube, the MUMOK Museum of Modern Art in the courtyard of the Viennese MuseumsQuartier shows a vast collection of major 20th century artists – from Picasso to Pollock – as well as changing contemporary exhibitions.


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    mumok - the museum of modern arts in Vienna

    3. Albertina, Vienna

    The Albertina is home to one of the largest and most precious graphic art collections in the world. Today, it comprises nearly 50,000 drawings and one million prints dating from all major epochs from Late Gothic to contemporary. View works by Schiele, Klimt, and Kokoschka, as well as Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Baselitz here.

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    The Albertina Museum

    4. Kunsthaus, Graz

    The Kunsthaus in Austria’s second city, Graz, attracts visitors not just with its modern art exhibitions, but with its unusual architecture: Opened in 2003, it is said to look like a “friendly alien” in the midst of baroque architecture. With its large, tube-like "nozzles" for windows that stick out from the curved roof and its computerized lighting system, it’s a true eyecatcher in Graz’s city centre.

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    Kunsthaus Graz

    5. Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg

    Salzburg's museum of modern and contemporary art, the “Museum der Moderne”, sits atop the sheer cliff face of Mönchsberg mountain, 60 metres (197 ft) above Salzburg’s historic old town.

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    Museum of modern Art in Salzburg