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Albertinum Dresden Reviews

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Albertinum - from armoury to art museum Apr 02, 2017
At the eastern end of Brühl's Terrace is the Albertinum. Originally built as an arsenal 1559 - 63 it was one of the largest of its kind (next to Venice and Vienna) and famous for its magnificent interior. 1743 - 47 it was enlarged to 3 floors. After a new and larger Arsenal was constructed in the Northern Neustadt district across the river, the old one was redesigned 1877 - 87 according to plans of K. A. Canzler in Italian Renaissance style for museum purposes and named after the currently ruling King Albert.

The large hall on the ground floor is originally preserved in its 16th century architecture with beautiful Tuscan style Renaissance pillars and vaults.

After WWII the Albertinum became home of some fantastic art collections: The Green Vault Jewellery Collection, the Picture Gallery New Masters, the Collection of Coins, the Sculptures Collection. In 2004/06 the Green Vault and the Collection of coins moved to the Royal Palace.

Afterwards the Albertinum was closed and some major (re-)construction works took place. After bad experiences in 2002 with depots that were not flood-proof, the State Art Collections administration decided to build a new depot high above the Albertinum courtyard. The result is a stunning sort of "flying" structure above the courtyard, side effect is this yard was turned into a large foyer that is not affected by the weather. Also, the collections got more room and the interior was beautifully restored. Nowadays the Albertinum is home of the Picture Gallery New Masters (about 1800 - present) and the Collection of Sculptures.

You are free to go inside, see the courtyard, even peek through large glass walls into the large Renaissance hall with Sculptures collection, catch a glimpse of the show depot.

Open Tue - Sun 10 - 18 h

Please note that "free" is only the main courtyard. You can walk through the building from one entrance to the other, if you want to see the exhibitions (except the glimpse as said above) then you must pay admission.
Albertinum, seen from Ludwig Richt…
Main portal of Albertinum at Brüh…
Albertinum, detail of the facade
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