Named after King Albert of Saxony, the Albertinum is an art museum located in the historic city center of Dresden. The museum focuses on painting and sculpture from the Romantic period to the present day, and its collections — which range from Rodin to Richter — have earned the museum a worldwide reputation as a center for fine art in Germany. With a large restoration program, the Albertinum's glass-fronted display storerooms allow visitors to get insights into the museum's internal workings and how the restoration process works. The Renaissance-style building that houses the museum, completed in 1563, was once a military arsenal and now has archives instead of weapons in its immense vaults, as a new arsenal was built for Dresden in the late 19th century.
The museum is especially unique because much of the original structure remains, having been spared from excessive damage during the 1945 bombing of Dresden, unlike many other museum buildings nearby. The Albertinum is also home to the Galerie Neue Meister and the Skulpturensammlung, two of Dresden's most illustrious art museums.
Free audio guides are available, and tours can be booked in German and other languages with advance notice. To get to the museum by public transit, take tram line 1, 2 or 4 and get off at the Pirnaischer Platz stop; take tram line 3 or 7 to the Synagoge stop. Bus lines 62 and 75 stop at Pirnaischer Platz. For visitors who cannot navigate stairs, use the entrance on Georg-Treu-Platz.