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.
Form the beginning of March to late summer 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:
13 March to end of June 2019 (except 20, 24, and 29 March, 24 and 28-30 April,11-12 May, 26 May, 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.
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
- Buying a ticket allows joining a regular guided tour (without registration).
- Individual visitors and groups may also choose from various paid 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.
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
Current special exhibition
- Sublime, Quaint or Modern
Beethoven monuments of the 19th and 20th century
- From Bonngasse to the "Schwarzspanierhaus"
Old depictions of Beethoven's lodgings (German only)
- Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"
Original and romantic transfiguration (German only)
- 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.