Phone: 02241 / 102-7670
Fax: 02241 / 1027690
Managing Company: Stadtbetriebe Siegburg AöR – ein Kommunalunternehmen der
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
closed on Mondays and on public holidays
only by arrangement
The City Museum Siegburg opened in 1990, is located in the refurbished and exended so-called Humperdinck-House at the market square, the same building where the composer Engelbert Humperdink (1854 - 1921) was born. The original building was built from 1826 on top of the vaulted cellars of the medieval town hall, to house the local high school. Later on it functioned as administration building. On four exhibition levels the city museum documents ans imparts the local history from prehistoric until contemporary times. One area including an audio installation is dedicated solely to the life and work of Engelbert Humperdinck. Two original grand pianos of his own possession are played frequently in concerts at the museum.
The Musikwerkstatt Engelbert Humperdinck, founded 1999 and situated in close proximity to the city museum, is a scientific research institute. Its main task lies in editing unknown and unpublished works of Humperdinck. Furthermore it hosts the Humperdinck inventory of the city archive, including numerous letters and prints but also precious music manuscripts like „Hänsel und Gretel“ and „Königskinder“.
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.