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5 Galleries You Have To Visit In Graz

Picture of Barbara Boda
Updated: 29 January 2018
Graz is the second largest city in Austria and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. The city is a popular spot, not only for its universities but its amazing venues, good food and interesting museums. Also, if you are there around December, don’t miss the advent market with its amazing lights and atmosphere!

Alte Gallerie

An immense collection of color and history, from medieval times to the Baroque period, Alte Gallerie is set in the amazing Eggenberg Castle (which is surrounded by a gorgeous park with live peacocks running free!). The sublime venue couldn’t be better for an exhibition about saints and sinners, heroes and villains through the ages. A very vivid collection of ancient times in a beautiful environment.

Opening times: April-October Wed-Sun 10am-7pm November-January: only as part of a guided tour

Address and telephone number: Eggenberger Allee 90 Graz, Austria +43 664 8017 9560

Diocese Museum

An exhibition of relics and religious treasures, with special shows staged two or three times per year, along with educational programs for children: this is what the Diocese Museum has to offer. The displays allow you to investigate the church’s history and better understand the evolution of the Christian Church. Additionally, people who are interested can visit special events like reading sessions, lectures, themed walks and festivals.

Opening time: 15th April-10th October Tues-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Address and telephone number: Bürgergasse 2 Graz Austria +43 316 8041 890

Kunsthaus

Kunsthaus is the place to head for if you are interested in the world of contemporary art. Opened in 2003, the building itself has become an attraction in Graz. It is often referred to as the ‘Friendly Alien’ due to its weird shape, and it is certainly an iconic landmark within the city. The exhibition shows contemporary art pieces from the 1960s onward, from both the Austrian and international art scenes.

Opening time: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm

Address and telephone: Lendkai 1 Graz Austria +43 316 8017 9200

Künstlerhaus

This newly renovated building makes a great home for contemporary art, especially since here it is not only the artwork which is important, but also the environment in which it is placed. The setting seems to breathe life into the art, and this homage is strongly tangible. Here you can also take part in art: the series of ‘An Art Day’s Night’ on Thursdays provides interactive evenings with artist talks, lectures and performances, each of which helps you to understand the art on display that much better.

Opening time: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-8pm

Address and telephone number: Burgring 2 Graz Austria +43 316 7400 84

Neue Galerie

What a variety of art can be found here! A large and important collection from Biedermeier, Jugendstil and Expressionism will spice up your visit. The gallery’s mission is to help everyone navigate their way through the seemingly confusing randomness of contemporary art. Among the many celebrated names whose work you can enjoy here are Klimt and Vasarely, and it is a proud heritage that many of these top artists had their own exhibitions right here well before they became famous.

Opening time: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm

Address and telephone number: Joanneumsviertel Graz Austria +43 316 8017 9100

By Barbara Boda