Collecting, preserving and covering data are central tasks of all museum work. At the Albertina, the primary point of departure and programmatic focus of all research activity are its extensive collections.



Research projects

The research work at the Albertina is concentrated, above all, on the scholarly study and presentation of its own holdings. More...
The results of this research are made available to the public in the form of exhibition catalogues, publications and lectures.  

Study Hall

Researchers and art connoisseurs alike can take a look into the Albertina’s holdings at the Study Hall. Terminals leading to the museum’s general and pictorial databases and to the library serve to facilitate and enhance the most exacting research effort.


A substantial library, comprising specialist titles on art history, as well as journals and auction catalogues, further supports the scholarly work of the house and is available to all interested members of the public as a reference library.


Online catalogue of the library

All books, periodicals, newspapers, and audiovisual media can be researched via the online catalogue of the library.

Albertina Collections Online

The Albertina´s Databases

Albertina Collections Online enables you to do research in our collections, find relevant literature, and obtain profound information on photography in Austria. The databases represent a dynamically growing system whose online holdings are continuously expanded and updated.



Biobibliography on photography in Austria

This database contains biographical and bibliographical data relating to persons, institutions and companies who were or are, at least temporarily, active within the geographic confines of today’s Austria, engaging or having engaged in photography.


The central task at the museum is the comprehensive conservatorial care and attention that is to be given to the collection objects. The working methods employed by the restorers are fully in accordance with the latest standards of technical and scientific advances in their field.