One of the greatest composers of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg. By the age of five, he already started playing piano and violin, then began composing music himself without any preliminary study. People call him the “child prodigy.” Today, his home on Getreidegasse 9 is one of the most visited museums in Austria. The three-story building in which he grew up is an exhibition dedicated to his life and work. There you will find out in what conditions Mozart lived when he became interested in music, who were his friends and patrons and many more interesting facts.
In 1773, the family moved to another house, now known as the Mozart Residence, located on Makartplatz. These two locations attract the composer’s admirers. The museum was opened in 1880. Since then it has been continuing to develop and expand.
What to see there?
The Mozart Archive
It is a source of documentation relating to Mozart’s life and work, along with his intellectual world. The collection consists of many materials that are in their original form or in photographic reproductions.
It was partially destroyed during World War II, but after that, it was reconstructed. Mozart Residence was opened to the public in 1996. It houses many items from Mozart’s life, including six original instruments – four stringed instruments and two keyboards, played by the ingenious composer. They are in excellent condition and are regularly used in concerts.
Leopold Mozart Exhibition
It will introduce you to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father – Leopold Mozart. He was a productive composer, long-time court musician, violinist, and successful educator.
Mozart Audiovisual Collection
It is open to the general public free of charge. Created for use by scholars, students, Mozart admirers and anyone who is interested. The Collection is the largest dedicated archive of audio and visual recordings related to Mozart’s life and work. The exhibition holds 26,000 recordings (the oldest dates from 1889) and 3,300 video productions. It is possible to listen to recordings and watch movies directly in the archive.
What do you need to know before visiting the Mozart House Museum?
- The museum is open daily.
- Closes for visitors during Mozart Week as there are concerts in the Museum and you can only enter if you have a ticket for them.
- Salzburg Card gives you free access to the Museum.
- Be sure to stop by the Museum‘s shop and grab something for a keepsake.
- A ticket to Mozart’s home
- Mozart Residence ticket
- Combined Ticket – A Visit to Mozart’s Birthplace and Residence
Reductions are offered for:
- Children between 6 and 14 years
- Young people between the ages of 15 and 18
- Disabled people (the accompanying person enters for free)
- Families – two adults and two children
- Students under 27 years
- Retired people
- Groups of more than 10 people
- School groups
The two Mozart Museums offer a diverse program of guided tours. It complies with the different interests and ages of the visitors. You need to make a request in advance.
You can also explore the Museum using the free audio guide, which is available in German, English and other languages.
- A tour of Mozart’s home – duration of about 1 hour. The maximum number of participants per group is 25 people or one school class.
- Mozart Music Tour – A visit to the Museum, accompanied by a brief piano performance of some of the composer’s most famous works. Duration of 20 min.
- Evening Tour – A Visit to the Museum with or without musical accompaniment. Available in English.
Please note that Mozart’s birthplace is not wheelchair accessible, but the Mozart Residence is! You can visit both places with a guide dog.