Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Guided tours (in German) on Sundays at 11 a.m. and on Fridays at 3 p.m., further tours (in German or other languages) on request
The Bach Museum presents the life and work of Bach and his family in a historical setting and a multitude of ways. The new permanent exhibition offers visitors numerous opportunities to get interactive, with sound experiments, multimedia stations and interactive exhibits, as well as precious original objects. One highlight of the exhibition is the treasure chamber in which original Bach manuscripts and other rare objects are displayed. The Baroque Summer Salon, with its unique sound chamber is once again accessible to visitors for tours and concerts.
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.