Kunsthaus Graz konstmuseum (Kunsthaus Graz)
Kunsthaus Graz konstmuseum (Kunsthaus Graz)

Kunsthaus Graz konstmuseum (Kunsthaus Graz)

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Lendkai 1, Graz, Styria, 8020

The basics

Set on the west side of the river Mur near Graz Old Town (Grazer Altstadt), the Graz Art Museum is one of the city’s most attention-commanding landmarks. It’s often a highlight on Graz walking tours and photography experiences, which allow time for photos outside and give teasers about the contemporary art exhibitions inside.

To sate your curiosity about what’s inside, skip-the-line tickets are the best way to enter, saving time when crowds appear for new exhibitions. Guided tours are available with the museum if arranged in advance. An audio guide is also available via mobile app for a small fee; ask for details when you enter.

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Things to know before you go

  • Children and teens under the age of 19 can enter the museum for free; a photo ID may be required.

  • The museum is part of the Universalmuseum Joanneum, a collection of 19 Graz museums and a zoo. Entry to all of them is covered with the Joanneum ticket, which can be bought as a 24- or 48-hour pass for museum-loving visitors.

  • Photography is not permitted inside the exhibition spaces.

  • The on-site café is a light and open place with a reputation for good coffee and a laid-back vibe. It’s open whenever the museum is open, with food and drinks from breakfast till late.

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How to get there

Graz Art Museum is on Lendkai, where the street meets Südtiroler Platz, and is walkable from Old Town in a few minutes by crossing one of the bridges. Many trams stop at Südtiroler Platz/Kunsthaus or at the Hauptplatz, which is a short stroll away. There’s also a metered parking garage under the building, while others are dotted around downtown Graz.

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When to get there

Graz Art Museum is open daily, except on Mondays. Like most attractions, the museum is busier in the summer when schools are on vacation and there are more visitors in town. Seasons aside, you’ll notice the museum is more crowded when new exhibitions are launched—roughly every three or four months.

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The architecture of the ‘Friendly Alien’

Standing out from the red-roofed baroque buildings nearby, the Graz Art Museum looks like a spaceship that landed on the side of the river. It was adapted from the 19th-century Iron House building by architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, who transformed it into its blob-like structure in 2003. While some locals felt unsure of it at first, the contemporary structure has become liked by most over time. Gaining a reputation as the city’s coolest sight, its iridescent blue exterior of panels and lightbulbs creates a massive media screen in the heart of Graz.

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