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Ludwig van Beethoven's birthplace is of great importance for people throughout the world and the main attraction in the musical city of Bonn. The museum presents the largest Beethoven collection in the world. Its impressive authentic documents combined with new media bear witness to Beethoven's life and compositions.

Opening hours

1 April to 31 October: daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1 November to 31 March: Mondays to Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sundays and public holidays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Last admission is 25 minutes before closing time.

Closed: New Year's Day, the Thursday and the Monday preceding Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, from 24 to 26 December, New Year's Eve

Important notice:
Form the beginning of March to the end of July 2019 the museum (Bonngasse 20) will be closed due to reconstruction works.

During this time we recommend to visit the exhibition "BTHVN" in the neighbouring chamber music hall (Bonngasse 24). The exhibition offers a preview of the 2020 anniversary year and Beethoven's core topics as Bonn citizen, music arTist, Humanist, Visionary and Nature aficionado (BTHVN).
There is free admission; voluntary donations for the reconstruction of the museum are welcome.

Opening hours for the BTHVN exhibition:
Mid-March to end of June 2019 (except 25-30 March, 23-30 April, 3-9 June): daily 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The permanent exhibition will be re-opened in late summer 2019. The re-opening of the complete museum will be on 16 Dezember, and on 17 December 2019 we will have an open day.

Location

The Beethoven-Haus (Bonngasse 20 und 24-26) is situated in the centre of Bonn on the edge of the pedestrian zone, not far from the river Rhine.
Bonngasse is within easy walking distance of the main station. Trams and buses stop at the nearby Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz, where taxis can also be found. The city car parks offer parking facilities: the closest are Stiftsgarage, Marktgarage and Friedensplatzgarage.

Width: 50°44'12.67"N
Lenght: 7° 6'4.50"E

Tram: 62, 65, 66 and 67
Bus: 529, 537, 540, 550, 551, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 640
Stop: Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz / Beethoven-Haus

Admission

Charges:


Guided tours:


Printed guides:
The Beethoven-Haus has a printed guide for its visitors, which is available in many different languages and will be delivered with admission. You may print out the text in the language of your choice so that you can read about the Museum before your visit.

Audio guides:
Audio guides for a 90-minute tour with explanations and lots of music examples cost € 2.50 (€ 10 deposit). The audio guide for adults is also availabe in English, French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, the guides for teenager and children in German only.

Concerts:
Included in your museum admission is the entry to a concert.

Birthplace

Beethoven's birthplace and dwelling

The house at Bonngasse 20, where composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in December 1770, is one of the few remaining houses in Bonn built in the 18th century. Its baroque stone facade was erected over cellars dating back to the 12th or 13th century. The ground floor accommodated a kitchen and a utility room, underneath which was a cellar. On the first floor, there were two smaller rooms and a somewhat larger room. The bedrooms were in the attic.

Beethoven's parents, electoral court singer Johann van Beethoven and his wife Maria Magdalena, née Keverich, moved into the garden wing in November 1767. Other electoral court musicians lived nearby, among them Johann Peter Salomon in the front building, electoral court musical director Ludwig van Beethoven (grandfather) opposite of the street and hornist Nikolaus Simrock.

In 1774 the Beethoven family left their first house and moved to a place at the Auf dem Dreieck square. From 1776 on they lived for ten years with interruptions at Rheingasse in a house known as "Zum Walfisch", the so-called Fischer house, and from 1787 onwards at Wenzelgasse. None of the later Beethoven houses has survived.

The building in the 19th and 20th century

Permanent exhibition

In Beethoven's birthplace and dwelling as well as in the neighbouring house "Im Mohren"

On stepping into the inner courtyard, the historical atmosphere takes visitors back to Beethoven's times. A tour through the twelve rooms in the Museum afford deeper insight into the life and work of the great composer. Over 150 original exhibits reflect Beethoven's thoughts and emotions, work and influence.

On December 5th, 2004, a digital exhibition was opened in the house "Im Mohren". On two floors equipped with new media, visitors have the opportunity to go on an interactive tour through Beethoven's bequest and explore an exciting audiovisual world. Through the sculpture courtyard museum guests can enter the Studio for Digital Collections (ground floor) and the Stage for Music Visualisation (historic vault).

Temporary exhibition

Our temporary exhibitions cover exciting topics on Beethoven, the historical background or reception history. The Beethoven-Haus has around three temporary exhibitions a year, often in cooperation with other museums and collections. Many of them are accompanied by books or catalogues.
Future exhibitions
Past exhibitions

Current special exhibition


Collection

The manuscripts, pictures, musical instruments and mementos displayed in the exhibitions form the core of the museum's collection. In the early years following the foundation of the Beethoven-Haus Association in 1889, important items such as Beethoven's last pianoforte (an instrument made by the Viennese piano manufacturer Conrad Graf), or the original manuscript of the "Moonlight" sonata and the "Pastoral" symphony were acquired. Today it is the largest and most diverse Beethoven collection in the world. It includes manuscripts, letters, pictures, busts, coins and medallions, musical instruments, furniture and everyday items used by Beethoven. The museum's collection is complemented by the library's holdings.

The collection is kept in a safe, built with conservation requirements in mind, which is under the stage in the chamber music hall. Many performers feel particularly inspired by this architectural symbolism.

Most of the Beethoven collection has been digitised. In the Digital Archives it is available to everyone. There are also catalogues for additional research.

Internet exhibitions

As an accompainment to special exhibitions at the Beethoven-House several internet exhibitions were created. Certain topics can be accessed for further information:

Virtual visit

The virtual tour provides an overview of the exhibition rooms of the Beethoven-Haus. Even the Studio for Digital Collections, the Stage for Music Visualisation and the outside facilities can be visited.

The 15 movable panorama pictures can be complemented with details from the audio guide. All collection pieces can be zoomed and are linked with the information in the Digital Archives.

The virtual tour can also be started from the floor plan and both building views.

Tour for mobile devices (iPhone)

The young Beethoven
Museum, room 2
The Bonn friends
Museum, room 4
Special Exhibitions
Museum, room 7
Beethoven in Vienna
Museum, room 8
Life and Death Mask
Museum, room 11
Birthroom
Museum
Digital Archives Studio
Digital Beethoven‑House GF
Stage of Musical Visualisation
Digital Beethoven‑House basement

Education

Beethoven's birthplace and the exhibitions can be explored on guided tours. Children are particularly welcome. We provide actions and special tours for children, families and pupils. Feel free to ask for help when you are planning a visit.

Guided tours

Admission includes a public regular guided tour free of charge. Individual visitors and groups may also choose from various paid guided tours. The tours take between 45 and 60 minutes (90 minutes for visually impaired visitors).

The group tours are available in German, English and French. Guided tours in Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese can also be arranged. Please contact the museum in advance. Large groups can be divided or can choose a 20 minute presentation and then explore the museum on their own.

On request, museum tours can include a concert or a lecture and can also take place outside of the regular opening hours.

Our Museum office is happy to help you plan your visit. Guided tours can also be booked using our Registration form. Groups wishing to visit the Beethoven-Haus on their own are asked to register in advance as well.

Details and prices

Programmes

The Beethoven-Haus offers numerous exciting opportunities for children and families to discover and explore Beethoven's life and work.

For events see German website and calender.

The offers for kindergarten and preschool centres as well as schools include guided tours, concerts, teaching material, support and projects for class.

Learn more on guided tours.
For other events see German website and calender.

Concerts

Its elegant décor and excellent accoustics make the Hermann J. Abs Chamber Music Hall one of the best of its kind in Europe. Since its opening in 1989 it has become a most important venue for concerts, meetings and special ceremonies. The varied programme appeals to many music lovers.

Tickets

Buy tickets
  • At eyery known agency in Bonn or Cologne

  • Online (with print at home) www.bonnticket.de

  • Via hotline 0049 (0)228 50 20 10

Chamber music hall

Hermann J. Abs

On 24 February 1989 the Beethoven-Haus Society celebrated its 100th anniversary and opened a new building to the public, which has since then housed the Beethoven-Haus library and the Beethoven-Haus collection. The centrepiece in the new building is the Hermann J. Abs chamber music hall. It was designed by the Cologne architect Thomas can den Valentyn and named after the president of the Association of many years, Hermann J. Abs (1901-1994), who was extremely supportive of the building of the hall. Prompted by the first honorary president, the famous violinst and friend of Brahms Joseph Joachim, the Beethoven-Haus association organized a large chamber music festival in 1890, which was followed by others in subsequent years. Following Joachim's death in 1907 the chamber music festivals continued to play a lively part in Bonn's musical scene up till 1956. With the opening of the chamber music hall in 1989 this old tradition was revived in a new and contemporary form. Since then the concerts organized by the Beethoven-Haus with their rather unconventional programmes have found a special place in the hearts of the music lovers both in the region and those further afield. Cooperation with other departments in the Beethoven-Haus means that the chamber music hall is able to set its own distinctive accents in Bonn's musical life.

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Concert season

Chamber music is the most concentrated form of composing and the most intimate form of making music. For musicians and music aficionados alike, the chamber music hall of the Beethoven-Haus is the venue of choice. Traditionally, the city of Bonn has always had a special connection to chamber music. Our concert series featuring renowned musicians certainly emphasizes this special relationship:

Programme as PDF


Beethoven Week

Chamber music festival

In 2014, the Beethoven week was introduced as a chamber music festival of the Beethoven-Haus. It takes place every year at the end of January/beginning of February. Tabea Zimmermann, the internationally acclaimed viola player and president of the Beethoven-Haus Association, serves as artistic director. Using a Beethoven composition as a basis, programmes are developed that even are of contemporary interest.

Concerts and events

Hiring the hall

The chamber music hall in the Beethoven-Haus is available for hire for many different functions and events. The modern, representative hall provides a fitting venue for:
  • private or public concerts

  • private functions

  • lecture series and conferences

  • official events such as company anniversaries, prize givings, opening ceremonies, etc.

It is also possible to hold a reception in the Beethoven-Haus garden or museum's shop following a concert. We would be happy to offer advice regarding the choice of artistes as well as organisation of special events.

Technical specifications and charges

Rental terms/Allgemeine Mietbestimmungen