The residence of the Romantic composer, graphic artist, and poet, E.T.A. Hoffmann, during the years 1809-1813 has been extended as a memorial in the course of time to the entire narrow-chested house. In the years 1999/2009 it was arranged in a new and didactic style, without giving up the previous special flair. The museum contains as installations a mirror cabinet, an interactiv music chest, a theatre box with the illustrations of Schinkel for the opera “Undine” after Fouque's text, a paper theatre of "Nutcracker and Mouse King" and the truth microscope from the “Master Flea,” moreover a listening station. Wall panels with illustrations provide information on the stages of his life from Koenigsberg in Prussia via Bamberg to Berlin. There are temporary special exhibitions with illustrations to his literary works above all. A Hoffmannesque enchanted garden is located in the courtyard.
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.