The museum at Ludwig van Beethoven's birth place is one of the most frequented music museums worldwide and one of the 100 most popular sights in Germany. Since December 17, 2019, the museum has been hosting a new and enlarged permanent exhibition. It provides a new approach to experiencing Beethoven as an artist and fellow human being in a modern, inspiring and exciting way. New rooms are the vault with manuscripts, a music room for regular concerts on historic keyboards and a special area for temporary exhibitions.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Last entry at 5.30 p.m.
Beethoven's birthplace is closed very rarely: 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.
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.
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
- Beethoven-Haus, Bonngasse 21, opposite the entrance of the museum
- Online booking
- A free media guide for the permanent exhibition is provided with the ticket for each visitor. The media guide is available in several foreign languages: English, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese.
- Individual visitors and groups may also choose from various paid guided tours.
- On many weekends visitors can listen to "Music in Beethoven's time" on historical keyboard instruments. Pianists explain the special features of the instruments. The concerts last 40 minutes and take place on fixed dates on Fridays and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. in the music room of the museum. Tickets for 5 Euro (plus admission to the museum) can be bought in the Beethoven-Haus shop (always from Monday before the concert). These concerts are for individual visitors of the museum only.
Beethoven's birthplace and dwelling
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
Beethoven's birthplace and dwelling
- Sublime, Quaint or Modern
Beethoven monuments of the 19th and 20th century
- Beethoven's Capital
"All these notes don't pay my needs!!"
- Beethoven and Great Britain
"Where your compositions are preferred to any other..."
- The Power of Music
Cultural life in the German prisoner-of-war camp Bando in Japan (Japanese only)
- Beethoven on Postage Stamps
- Colouring the Sound
Tommaso De Meo's Visual Interpretations of Beethoven's Nine Symphonies
- The Beethoven House – 125 years
Animated and moving history (German only)
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.