Beethoven bronze bust in the Beethoven Museum, to the chapter "bequeathing"
© Wien Museum, Foto: Klaus Pichler

Beethoven exhibitions

The House of Music, which celebrates its 20th birthday on June 15, 2020, will be staging a wealth of activities in Beethoven Year:

  • The heart of the exhibition is the permanent exhibition in the Beethoven Room, where, among other things, a living and a death mask of the composer, autographs, stage designs and a display board of Beethoven's 68 apartments in Vienna are on show. In the anniversary year, this Beethoven room will be rearranged and temporarily supplemented with original documents.
  • In the sound installation "Inside Beethoven", visitors will experience how it feels and sounds to be part of a music ensemble with the latest music electronics and sophisticated room design (June 10 - August 10).
  • In the courtyard, the Hungarian sculptor Prof. Marton Barabas will exhibit sculptures made from the parts of historical pianos (April 20 to September).
  • From October 2020, in cooperation with the Beethoven House in Bonn, Germany, the special show "Bernstein's Beethoven" will also be devoted to the famous American conductor's interpretation of Beethoven.
  • Relevant themed tours and a "Beethoven Path" through the entire House of Music round off the activities.

Beethoven. Menschenwelt und Götterfunken

In spring 2020, the Austrian National Library presents original letters and manuscripts of outstanding works by Beethoven in the Grand Hall. On display are pages from the 9th Symphony – on loan from Berlin – and the autograph of Beethoven's only violin concerto (op. 61). In addition to the 130 letters penned by the master's hand, the music collection of the National Library is also in possession of the "Hoboken Collection", which includes almost all first and early editions of Beethoven's works. Ahead of the exhibition, this collection will be fully digitalized and made accessible on the internet. (December 19, 2019 - April 19, 2020)

Beethoven. Piano forte

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is also preparing an exhibition entitled "Beethoven. piano forte", which will use paintings, drawings and sculptures, film, video and performance to build a visual bridge from Beethoven's time to the present day (March 23 - September 6, 2020).

The "Heiligenstadt Testament"

The Beethoven Museum, with its numerous exhibits from and to do with the life of the maestro in Vienna, is considered to be the city's ultimate Beethoven center. In this house, "Ludwig Van" composed piano pieces and violin sonatas as well as the oratorio "Christ on the Mount of Olives", and worked on the "Eroica" symphony. The famous letter to his brothers, which was never sent, was also written here: the "Heiligenstadt Testament", in which the great musician addressed his progressive deafness.

The Collection of Historic Musical Instruments invites visitors to go on a journey through music history. After all, it houses two famous Beethoven portraits and a bust of the maestro in its exhibition rooms and in the magnificent Marble Hall, as well as two fortepianos and two wind instruments with a reference to Beethoven, and numerous original instruments that bring the world of music of the Beethoven era to life.

A frieze in honor of the "Ninth"

In 1902, the artists of the Secession dedicated a whole show to the genius of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. To mark this occasion, Gustav Klimt created a 34 meter-long and two meter-high mural depicting Beethoven's "Ninth" and its interpretation by Richard Wagner. Today, the "Beethoven Frieze" in the Secession is considered to be one of the main works of Viennese Art Nouveau.

In the magnificent Festival Hall of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, an important concert hall around the year 1800, Beethoven celebrated his greatest successes: in 1813, he conducted the premiere performances of his 7th Symphony in a concert here, as well as the symphonic work "Wellington's Victory" or the "Battle of Vitoria". A "mechanical trumpeter", which performed two marches in this musical portrait of the battle, caused a sensation.

Ludwig van Beethoven lived in the picturesque Pasqualati House on the Mölkerbastei on the Ringstrasse for eight years on and off – in an apartment provided to him by his patron Johann Baptist Freiherr von Pasqualati. He wrote his opera "Fidelio" here and composed a number of symphonies as well as the famous piano piece "Für Elise".

House of Music (Haus der Musik) The Sound Museum

Seilerstätte 30 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €13
    • Children (0 to 3 years)  €0
    • Children (4 to 11 years)  €6
    • Family   €29
    • "Night Ticket" (8 - 10 p.m.): 6,50 €. Combination ticket House of Music & Mozarthaus Vienna: 18 €.
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 31% off , 4€ off
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 22:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours in sign language on request, as well as tours for blind and visually impaired people.

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and café: no steps (via elevator).

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House of Music (Haus der Musik) The Sound Museum

Seilerstätte 30 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €13
    • Children (0 to 3 years)  €0
    • Children (4 to 11 years)  €6
    • Family   €29
    • "Night Ticket" (8 - 10 p.m.): 6,50 €. Combination ticket House of Music & Mozarthaus Vienna: 18 €.
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 31% off , 4€ off
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 22:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours in sign language on request, as well as tours for blind and visually impaired people.

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and café: no steps (via elevator).

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Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Musiksammlung

Herrengasse 9 / Zugang: Palais Mollard, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Juli bis September Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 13:00
    • Oktober bis Juni Mo - We, 09:00 - 16:00
    • Th, 12:00 - 19:00
    • Fr, 09:00 - 13:00
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Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek)

Josefsplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to September
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
      • 122 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on prior arrangement.

    • Comments

      Main entrance on first floor and access to Grand Hall on second floor: entrance Josefsplatz.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 6% off , 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to August
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors   300  cm  wide )
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        on Burgring 5
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance).
      Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. The Kunsthistorisches Museum offers workshops for people with dementia (Tel. +41 1 525 24-5202 or email: kunstvermittlung@khm.at)

      Wheelchair users who visit the museum via Burgring 5 can purchase their tickets at the shop in the lobby.

    • Comments

      The museum is a place of encounter and sensory perception and offers plenty of opportunity to stimulate vistors and motivate them to interact with one another by looking at art together and then getting creative themselves.
      Induction loop available at the audio guide stand.

      http://www.khm.at/en/learn/kunstvermittlung/inclusive-art-education

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Beethoven Museum

Probusgasse 6, 1190 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €7
    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Free admission on first Sunday of the month
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 30% off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 13:00
    • Tu - Su, 14:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 13:00
    • on holidays, 14:00 - 18:00
    • Exceptions/opening hours: 24/12 & 31/12: 10 am - 1 pm. Closed: 1/1, 1/5, 25/12 and pub. hols., if they fall on Mon.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Patio and exhibition areas: no steps; ticket/shop area 2 steps, restrooms 2 steps. The various exhibition rooms can be reached via several steps. Seating on the patio and by individual exhibits in the exhibition rooms.

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Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Dr.-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien
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Beethoven Pasqualati House

Mölker Bastei 8, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €4
    • Young people under 19   €0
    • 1st Sunday of the month: Free admission
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 13:00
    • Tu - Su, 14:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 13:00
    • on holidays, 14:00 - 18:00
    • Closed: 1/1, 5/1, 12/25 and Easter Monday, Whitmonday and other holidays that fall on a Monday.
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Apartment only accessible via steps.

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Secession

Friedrichstraße 12 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 13 Steps (Swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors 120 cm wide )
        reachable via exterior elevator (bell)
    • Elevator available
      • 80 cm wide and 105 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      (Audio guide free with the Vienna City Card, iBeacons technology and free audio tours for smartphones will be offered)
      People with disabilities pay the discounted admission price, companions enjoy free admission.

    • Comments

      Main exhibition rooms accessible by elevator. Access to all exhibition rooms: elevator. Elevator: door width: 80 cm, cabin depth: 105 cm, cabin width: 80 cm. Beethoven Frieze: 15 steps (escort required). Drawing Room: 24 steps.

       

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