The name of Mozart is known to everyone, even to those who are not that fond of classical music. But even so, it is unacceptable for individuals not to acknowledge the genius behind more than 600 works of music. Mozart is an emblem of classical, symphonical and opera music and the Austrian people can only be proud that such a gifted man came from among them.
Mozart lived in various place throughout Vienna, but only one is considered as the official residence of the great artist due to the fact that the edifice remained unchanged since Mozart’s life.
Tourists who venture into the heart of Vienna – and who would deprive himself/herself of this treat? – are given the opportunity to visit one of the residences which Mozart called ‘home’ for a given period of time. The Mozarthaus is situated in the medieval part of the Austrian capital, alongside various churches, on Domgasse 5 Street.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart occupied the specific apartment during the happiest and most prolific part of his life (1784-1787). It is here where he composed “Figaro’s Wedding” and “Impresario.” The fact that he was quite fond with the apartment is obvious because he lived here the longest out of all the other residences he had.
The first time the house was opened for visitors was in 1941, right in the tourmented times of WWII. The reason for this was that the Nazis wanted to use the 150 years anniversary since the death of the great composer to their benefit and this was done through propaganda.
The edifice was subjected to major restoration work in 2006 as a means to commemorate the artist – this having been the year when 250 years had passed since his death. Even though Mozart had only lived in a part of the building, more precisely in an apartment which comprised 4 rooms, two offices and an immense kitchen, at present, the entire edifice has been transformed into a museum – dedicated to the life and art of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
But the museum is also aimed at portraying the period of time in which the artist lived, of paiting an image of the 18th century Vienna – the Late Baroque era, a time when the cultural domain flourished in all of Austria.
The exhibition encountered inside the museum offers relevant information about Mozart’s life, even about the less ‘attractive’ parts, such as his activities as part of the obscure freemasonry organization, his gambling activities, his drinking and women problems. But the focus lies on his music and on the overal musical tradition that ‘swept’ Vienna in the 18th century.
The edifice is structured as follows: the basement and the downstairs comprise a café, a room where various evets are organized and a gift shop. The actual dwelling space where Mozart spend a part of his life is situated at the first floor and it is considered the most authentic part of the whole edifice. The second floor holds an exhibition dedicated to Mozart’s music. The third floor, in contrast to the 2nd one, which is dediated to Mozart the artist, is dedicated to Mozart the man, meaning that the information provided here is reflexive of his day-to-day activities, and more precisely to the addictions and problems he was confronting himself with.
If you really want to enter into the magical world of music, you should definitely opt for the combined ticket which grants you access both within the Mosarthaus and within the House of Music.
The museum is opened on a daily basis from 10:00 until 20:00.
Adults: 10.00 euros
Group ticket: 7.00 euros
Children under 14 years of age: 3.00 euros
Family ticket (2 grown-ups and maximum 3 children): 20.00 euros
Combined tickets – Mozarthaus and House of Music: 17.00 euros