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Beethoven was born in a small room at the back of this house in 1770. The front part, at that time, was a pub called Im Mohren, which is why that is written across the front of the building.
The twelve rooms of the original house are now a museum about Beethoven's life and times. Off to one side there is also a new building which houses a computer room, where you can access their entire collection and for instance listen to excerpts of Beethoven's music while looking at his handwritten score on the screen.
In the basement of the new building there is a highly unusual room called the Stage for Music Visualization. Here you are given 3D glasses (which you can wear over your regular glasses, if any) and can listen to excerpts of Beethoven' music which take on what they call "an optical acoustical shape" in the form of abstract figures which move to the music.
I found this attractive and strangely effective. When I was there they were playing a performance called "Fidelio, 21st Century", which consists of excerpts from the second act of Beethoven's only opera (described on my Edinburgh page), with moving abstract geometrical figures for four of the characters.
You stand in a dark room while this is going on (it lasts about twenty minutes), and there are four pillars where viewers can manipulate the four characters in various ways, mainly by moving them closer or further away (it's 3D, remember). My impression is that this slight interactive aspect serves to heighten the concentration of those viewers who do not know the opera very well.
The music, which comes out of eighteen loudspeakers in the darkened room, is from a classic recording by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein from the year 1978. The solo singers are René Kollo (Florestan), Gundula Janowitz (Leonore), Hans Sotin (Pizarro) and Manfred Jungwirth (Rocco).
Second photo: A statue in the garden behind the Beethoven House.
Third photo: These photos on the wall of the computer room are intended to give an idea of what the figures in the visualization of Fidelio look like.
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If you somehow missed it from the street names, opera houses and statues, Beethoven was born in Bonn. He was born in a small, unassuming house in the centre of the city, which is now a music museum and host to, perhaps unsurprisingly, the largest collection of Beethoven memorabilia in the world. Beethoven was born in this house, in a room on the second floor, but the family moved several times afterwards.
Beethoven-Haus is the first thing I really wanted to see in Bonn. It is the house where the great musician Beethoven was born. The house is now converted into a museum which one can visit for free but if you want to see the house where he really lived, the inside part, you need a ticket. I did not go in. In the museum, one can see things relating to the life and works of the master, as well as sculpted pieces of the great musician for souvenir. See photos.
Beethoven was born here and even though he never spent long in Bonn, his birthplace is today a museum dedicated to the great composer and his works and holding the world's largest collection of Beethoven items. You can listen to his music, let the computers show you his scores and letters, read about his life and see the hearing aids created by his friend, not to mention see his grand piano and other instruments. Afterwards, you can buy numerous nice souvenirs in the adjacent shop. This really is a treasure and it was all made possible through the effort of some local Bonn citizens who collected enough money to buy the house and found a society in Beethoven's honour in the late 19th century. If you like Beethoven (or art), you might also want to visit the "Beethon" monument outside the Beethovenhalle concert hall. We never had the time but several other Bonn pages have pictures of this fascinating sculpture of the composer's face.
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Beethoven-Haus in Bonn is the house where Beethoven was born and is now a museum. It's packed full of interesting items relating to his life, such as furniture, pianos, original manuscripts and letters. As a classically-trained pianist, Beethoven has been my hero for ever so I got a huge thrill out of seeing all these things. Those who want to explore further can access a huge digital archive on an intranet which contains many images and audio works. There is also a small shop that sells a wide range of Beethoven souvenirs and books.
I would recommend visiting outside the main tourist season as the rooms and passages are small and it would be hard to see things with crowds. I visited mid-afternoon in early December and virtually had the place to myself.
Beautiful Baroque town house at Bonngasse 20 where Beethoven was born in 1770. The museum artefacts include various ear trumpets belonging to the great composer, these get larger as his disability worsens. There are also letters and musical instruments, music sheets and his death mask.
Photos are not permitted inside the house, but it's ok to take them in the garden.
Entry is 2E per person and there is also a small gift shop.
Oh and did you know.... *Beethoven* comes from Beet Hof - meaning Beetroot farm? Our guide explained this to us and told us that his family had originally been farmers...... interesting.
BEETHOVEN HOUSE=Many visitors...
BEETHOVEN HOUSE=Many visitors from Germany and abroad consider Ludwig van Beethoven's birthplace to represent a landmark of Bonn. The house in Bonngasse 20, where the composer was born in 1770, is the only preserved house of Beethoven's family. Nowadays it still gives an idea of the narrow living conditions of the time.
In 1889, 12 citizens of Bonn founded THE BEETHOVEN HOUSE SOCIETY, which still exists today, in order to prevent to impending demolition of the house. Since then, the building has twice been restored and the largest private Beethoven collection in the world compiled. Most of Beethoven's preserved portraits and keepsakes can be visited.
Ludwig van Beethoven born in a back attic room here in 1770. The Beethoven family moved in 1776 to Rheingasse 24. Beethoven House is now a museum.
The birth house of the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
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