86911 Dießen a. Ammersee
ATTENTION: The museum is closed at the moment and opens again on th 18th of April, 2018.
Saturday and Sunday
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
further opening hours and guided tours by arrangement over the telephone
The Carl Orff Museum in Diessen am Ammersee was founded in 1991 and is today under the legal control of the market township of Diessen. It regards itself as a location of open communication with the composer Carl Orff.
The museum exhibits the most important biographical data of Carl Orff on display boards and provides insights into his musical and educational creative work. A comprehensive digital library of his works and a representative collection of Orff's instruments invite particularly young visitors to musical activity.
Carl Orff lived in Diessen from 1955 until his death in 1992, was an honorary citizen of the township and in his lifetime was the most famous resident of the market.
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.