Dr. Gabriele Ramsauer
Getreidegasse 9 A-5020 SalzburgTel:+43 (0) 662 84 43 13
Fax:+43 (0) 662 84 06 email@example.com
A visit to Mozart’s Birthplace takes about one hour.
There is a mobile phone text guide available. Texts accompany the exhibits on the walls of the museum.
Please note that Mozart’s Birthplace is not wheelchair-accessible.
The house in which Wolfgang Amadé Mozart was born on the January 27, 1756 is now one of the most frequently visited museums in the world. No other place makes the person behind the artist Wolfgang Amadé Mozart and his music as palpable as his Birthplace.
In the three-storey exhibition, the visitor learns details of Mozart’s life – the domestic circumstances in which he grew up, when he began to play music, who were his friends and patrons, his relationship with his family, his passion for opera, and much more.
Prices in parentheses are combined tickets for the Birthplace and Residence.
The admission fee does not include a guided tour.
Payment in cash Maestro, Visa or MasterCard, JCB, Union Pay, American Express, Diners Club. The Salzburg Card is accepted here.
The Mozart Archive has existed since the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation was established in 1880. As a source of documentation relating to Mozart’s life and works, together with his intellectual world and his impact on later generations, it collects material either in its original form or in photographic reproductions, while pursuing its own research projects and offering support and advice to independent scholars and to exhibition organizers.
Dr. Sabine Greger
Tel: 00 43 (0) 662 844 313 77 or 78
Fax: 00 43 (0) 662 84 06 93
Workdays after prior consultation
The Mozarteum Foundation possesses six original instruments owned by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: four string instruments (Mozart’s childhood violin, his Salzburg concert violin, his Costa violin and his viola) and two keyboard instruments (his fortepiano and his clavichord). All these instruments are in excellent playable condition and are regularly used in concerts.
By the time he was five, Wolfgang Amadé Mozart was already playing the piano and violin. To his father’s amazement the child began making music on the violin without any previous instruction, and according to one anecdote he spontaneously accompanied his father’s playing with musical friends. In 1762 Leopold reported from his first trip to Vienna that Wolfgang had “played him [the customs officer] a minuet on his little fiddle”.
Mozart’s skill on the violin was great even though his relationship with the instrument became ambivalent with the passing years. From his letters written during the long journey to Munich, Mannheim and Paris in 1778–79, we know that he played his own, highly demanding violin concertos and solo works publicly and was astonished by the great approbation bestowed on them. “You yourself do not know how well you play the violin”, remarked Leopold, himself a violinist and author of the Treatise on the Fundamental Art of Violin Playing, on his son’s proficiency.
When Mozart’s return to detested court service was looming, however, towards the end of the Paris trip, he wrote decisively to his father: “There is one more thing I must settle about Salzburg and that is that I shall not be kept to the violin, as I used to be. I will no longer be a fiddler. I want to conduct at the clavier and accompany arias” (11 September 1778). Mozart was able to realize this plan in Vienna where, during the last ten years of his life, the keyboard became his main instrument. Enthusiastically he wrote in 1781 to his father in Salzburg: “This is undoubtedly the land of the piano!”