Telemann-Museum Hamburg

Peterstraße 39
20355 Hamburg

Phone +49(0)40 876 04 022



Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday
from 10:00 to 17:00 h

Visits for groups at any day can be arranged in advance via email to:

The Hamburg Telemann-Museum, the first and only Telemann-Museum worldwide, was founded, based on private initiative and with the help of private donations and public funding, in 2011.

The museum is situated in the building “Beyling-Stift”, built in 1751, which is part of a unique residential historic monument complex managed by the “Carl-Toepfer-Stiftung”.

It is located in the “Hamburger Neustadt” (the New City of the 18th century) within the triangle of St. Michael’s Church, The Museum of Hamburg History und the “Laeiszhalle” Music Hall.

It is operated by the “Hamburger Telemann-Gesellschaft”, a non-profit organization.

The Georg Philipp Telemann Museum consists of two rooms (archives with an office and an exhibition room). It displays stations of Telemann’s life and an extensive presentation of his artistic work on 13 large boards and a 4 m broad banner data.

Original documents from the 18th century, in possession of the museum, and first prints of texts of Telemann’s work related to Hamburg are being displayed in copied form. Focus of the exhibition room is an original spinet manufactured by Thomas Hitchcock in 1730, donated to the museum by the Andreas Beurmann Collection. This spinet is being played for small groups in special concerts.

Temporary exhibitions are occasionally going to be part of what the museum has to offer. The “Lichtwark-Saal” (large room for cultural events) is home of occasional music events of the society for members and guests.

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.