The house in which Wolfgang Amadeus 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 Amadeus Mozart
and his music as palpable as his birthplace. The building is named after the
merchant and toy dealer, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer (1712-1792), who owned the
building and was a friend of the Mozart family.
The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation was founded in 1880 by citizens of the city of
Salzburg and is rooted in the Cathedral Music Association and Mozarteum of 1841.
Since then the prime concern of the non-profit organization has been the person
and œuvre of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart. The International Mozarteum Foundation
preserves the heritage of the Salzburg-born genius in the two Mozart museums in
Salzburg Mozart’s Birthplace and the Mozart Residence.
Mozarts Geburtshaus is the most sought after tourist destination in Salzburg. It
is a sacred place to all the music lovers, especially the ones devoted to
western classical music. The building in which Mozart was born is now a museum
that is visited by thousands of tourists and Mozart fans. The museum, Mozarts
Geburtshaus in Salzburg houses numerous items belonging to Mozart and his
family. It also displays the various musical instruments used by Mozart.
Mozart's instruments - The music instruments on display in Mozart's Birthplace
were passed on to the International Mozarteum Foundation by Mozart's widow,
Constanze Nissen (1762-1842) and her sons Carl Thomas (1784-1858) and Franz
Xaver Wolfgang (1791-1844). The Mozart Residence was carefully restored in 1994
and remodeled according to state-of-the-art museum standards by the Viennese
architect, Prof. Elsa Prochazka, to protect the exhibits from damage.
Mozart at the Theater - The second floor of Mozart's Birthplace is devoted to
the topic "Mozart at the Theater." Numerous dioramas (miniature stages)
illustrate the reception history of Mozart's operas. Stage models from the late
18th to the 20th century present the many-faceted interpretations. The
International Mozarteum Foundation has presented a special Mozart exhibition on
the first floor of Mozart's Birthplace since 1981 with exhibits changing once a
Mozarts Birth-house is a memorial site and one of the most popular Salzburg
attractions, which remains open for visitors from 9am to7pm during the summers
and 9am to 6pm during the rest of the year.