Joseph Martin Kraus Memorial Buchen

Verein Bezirksmuseum e. V. Buchen
Kellereistraße 25–29
74722 Buchen

Phone +49.6281.8898
Fax +49.6281.556898


Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday:
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
In addition, Wednesday
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Guided tours for groups (of 10 or more individuals) and school classes outside of the mentioned opening hours by prior arrangement.

The Joseph Martin Kraus Memorial in the museum district of Buchen commemorates the composer and Swedish court music director Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792).

It was erected in 1992. Some outstanding exhibits of the exhibition are the court uniform and pocket watch of the music director as well as a portrait by Antonio Pomarolli (Bologna 1783). Also, exhibits of his sister, the paintress Marianne Kraus, are on display. The memorial is supplemented by the music collection of Vleugel.

Above all, the Kraus Archive possesses copies of the autographs and early copies located extensively in the Swedish archives and a music history library.

The memorial is the domicile of the International Joseph Martin Kraus Society e.V. (Registered Association), founded in 1982, which is devoted to the study and publication of his works.

Germany possesses musical traditions and legacies of extraordinary value: Handel, Schuetz and Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Wagner - to mention only a few names - are composers who are known and treasured throughout the world. Their work has played a significant role in shaping a unique musical landscape.

Numerous orchestras, choruses, ensembles, renowned music festivals and series, music houses with museums, public archives and libraries, but also private collections preserve their musical heritage.

It is necessary to revitalize this inestimable fund again and again and to develop it for the present. At the same time, an important role befits the houses combined in the consortium of music museums of Germany. In them we encounter the work of the musicians and composers who have extraordinarily enriched the cultural nation of Germany. However, beyond the individual portrait, beyond the procurement of individual oeuvres, the music museums also contribute overall to the maintenance of musical tradition. The present brochure underscores this aspect of the synoptic presentation and invites the reader on a journey into the musical history of Germany. I hope this tour guide will be actively used and receive a large response.

Bernd Neumann, Member of the Lower House of the German Parliament
Minister of State with the Federal Chancellor
Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and Media

Quoted from: Foreword to the brochure "Music Museums in Germany", 2007.