It is likely that Haydn’s apartment was the upper floor while the ground floor was reserved for his valet and copyist Johann Elssler, father of the celebrated dancer Fanny Elssler.
The exhibition in the Haydn House has been redesigned for Haydn Year 2009 and the Haydn house was reopened on January 29, 2009. The focus is on Haydn's last years - his music, his way of life. As he was the most famous composer at his time, many visitors were received. Haydn's fortepiano is on display, as well as his clavichord. The garden of the Haydn House is now presented in the state of Haydn's lifetime - now a green oasis in the center of town.
The composer Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) was a passionate admirer of Haydn who diligently cared for the memory of his great idol – so there is also a Brahms Memorial in the Haydn House.
Napoleon, whose army at the time occupied Vienna, was a great admirer of Haydn's; in May 1809, he posted an honorary guard in front of the house of the dying composer.
This museum is an absolute must for Haydn fans!