The newly refurbished and re-opened Augustiner Museum is the place to be to view medieval art and 19th century paintings.
Thanks to local architect Christoph Mäckler, the former abbey was converted into an impressive museum building showcasing many surprising insights, allowing the viewer to approach the works from different perspectives. Well worth a visit.
The main attractions are the original stone figures and glass windows of Freiburg Cathedral, as well as medieval wooden sculptures and panel paintings by Matthias Grünewald, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Hans Baldung Grien among others.
The works of the Baroque era achieve their full effect in the former choir. Paintings from the 19th century, including works by Anselm Feuerbach, Franz Xaver Winterhalter and Hans Thoma, are displayed on the top floor.
This is only the beginning. In the coming years, new exhibition rooms will be created for the museum's graphic and cultural-historical collections.
The museum is located in a former monastery which was rebuilt between 1914 and 1923. The First World War not only interrupted the rebuilding but also severely restricted it compared to the original plans, due to lack of funds. The current total renovation, which is planned to include the addition of new exhibitions rooms, began in 2004. The museum's collection, which was begun by the city of Freiburg in the 1880s, can be only partially exhibited due to the building work.
he visual art and sculpture collection includes works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Anselm Feuerbach, Hans Baldung Grien, Matthias Grünewald, the Master of the Housebook, Hans Thoma, and Franz Xaver Winterhalter. There is also a sculpture hall with four-metre-high stone prophets from Freiburg Cathedral, a church organ with an exterior from the 1730s, and a library of art and cultural history. The Museum of Municipal History (Museum für Stadtgeschichte) is a department of the Augustiner Museum.
The collections that are currently not on display, or only partially, include a large graphics collection, decorative art, domestic artefacts from the Black Forest region, collections of coins and timepieces, and a 14th-century carpet.
In 2010 the museum did not make it to the final stage of the Awards for Innovative Developments in Tourism by the British Guild of Travel Writers, but came in sixth.
Location: Augustinerplatz, Freiburg
Telephone: +49 761 201-2521