Old Town Museums & Galleries, Salzburg (Self Guided)

Salzburg has many fascinating modern art museums and galleries with beautiful paintings and prints. Their charming interiors and pleasant atmosphere make for an unforgettable experience. Take this walking tour and explore the museums and galleries in Salzburg's Old Town.
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Old Town Museums & Galleries Map

Guide Name: Old Town Museums & Galleries
Guide Location: Austria » Salzburg (See other walking tours in Salzburg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: julian
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Gallery 5020

1) Gallery 5020

Founded in 1992 by a community of Salzburg artists, Gallery 5020 rapidly developed into a respectable museum. The exhibition space is only 130 square meters but there is a library, archive space, a communication, lecture and reading room and a production room as well. The Gallery is considered a perfect place to view contemporary visual art.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 3:00 – 7:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Gallery Salis

2) Gallery Salis

In the past 25 years, the Gallery Salis has become one of the leading galleries exhibiting the art of the 20th century. It provides a wide range of the highest quality works from Impressionists, Expressionists, Neo-classical and Contemporary masters.

Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10 to 18
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Residence Gallery

3) Residence Gallery (must see)

The state-owned Residenzgalerie provides a cross-section of painting from the 16th to the 19th centuries. It bears similarities with the extensive painting collection of Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo, which was exhibited during his era (late 18th century) in rooms that are now the Residenzgalerie. After 1800, however, this collection was repeatedly plundered during the French Wars. In the age of the monarchy, many of the works were transferred from Salzburg to Vienna.

The centerpiece of the Residenzgalerie is the Czernin Collection, initially on loan and then bought outright between 1980 and 1991. Its paintings by 17th-century artists are principally Dutch, but also Italian, Spanish and French. Assembled between 1800 and 1845, the collection's original owner was Count Johann Rudolf Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, who studied law in Salzburg and was related to Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. Also important are a number of works from the collection of Friedrich Karl, Count Schönborn-Buchheim (1674–1746), featuring mostly Dutch and Italian artists of the 17th century, which the gallery acquired on permanent loan in 1956.

Why You Should Visit:
Although quite small compared to other famous museums or galleries, the collection is very well curated.
The audio guided tour around the whole complex is very well organized and informative.
Each of the items not mentioned in the audio guide has an English explanation on the wall.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art

4) Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art (must see)

Housed in a historic 17th-century building, the Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art is one of the two galleries dedicated to modern art in Salzburg.

The Rupertinum is located in the historic city center of Salzburg. In 1633, a college for young priests was built over an earlier structure that existed from 1350. After the Archdiocesan rule of the city, it became a student dormitory until 1974. In 1983, the Rupertinum was converted to house one of the museums of modern art. It has a beautiful arcaded courtyard where visitors can rest and contemplate after viewing the artwork.

The museum was founded by Friedrich Welz and his friend Oskar Kokoschka. It holds temporary exhibitions of modern art and is also a repository of graphic art and 20th-century contemporary art. There is always a changing themed contemporary art exhibition at the venue. Permanent exhibits include works with paper, sculpture and photographs and works by contemporary artists like Klimt, Kokoschka and some lesser known modern artists. Besides the Museum of Modern Art, the Rupertinum also has a library, a restaurant, and a bookshop.

Tip:
Take the lift up, stroll around the museum then walk across the hillside to the Fortress.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu-Sun: 10am-6pm; Wed: 10am-8pm
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Rudolf Budja Gallery

5) Rudolf Budja Gallery

Rudolf Budja Gallery, also known as Artmosphere Gallery, is located right next to the Festival Palais. The glorious rooms of this gallery exhibit modern and contemporary European and American art. It contains unique paintings, prints and photography desired by both collectors and casual art buyers.
Hours: Tue-Fri 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Gallery Altnoder

6) Gallery Altnoder

Founded in 1984, the Altnoder Gallery focuses entirely on Austrian Modernism. This gallery specializes in the works of Alfred Kubin and those of younger artists.
Hours: Tue to Fri 14:30-18, Sat 10-13
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Monchsberg Museum of Modern Art

7) Monchsberg Museum of Modern Art (must see)

Apart from the presentation of international works of art, the Museum der Moderne also serves as a platform for contemporary representatives of the Austrian art scene. Besides paintings and sculptures, the museum owns an extensive collection of graphics. A further focus of the collection is Austrian photography after 1945. Further, the museum manages the photographic collection of the Republic of Austria (Österreichische Fotogalerie) as well as the photographic collection 'Fotografis' of the Bank Austria as a permanent loan.

Why You Should Visit:
Fantastically located on the high part of Salzburg and fully in contrast with the Old Town below.
Inside there is a cool gift shop and you can enjoy drinks on the terrace in the afternoon sunlight.

Tip:
The museum can be reached by an elevator built into the mountain.
Both the lift and the museum entry are included in the Salzburg Card.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu-Sun: 10am-6pm; Wed: 10am-8pm

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Salzburg for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Salzburg has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Salzburg, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.