Mendelssohn House (Leipzig)

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Mendelssohn house with museum and music salon

The Mendelssohn House at Leipzig Goldschmidtstrasse 12 (originally Königstrasse 5) contains the last (and only surviving) private apartment of the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and, since November 2017, the International Kurt Masur Institute.


Mendelssohn's study

The house now houses a museum in honor of Mendelssohn. This was opened on November 4, 1997, on the 150th anniversary of the musician's death, and is run by the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Foundation . Maestro Kurt Masur initiated the renovation of the house and its opening as a museum. The founding director of the museum was Jürgen Ernst, who is still in charge today.

The late Classicist building from 1844 preserves the original substance as well as information about its most prominent resident, who lived with his family in the first floor since 1845 and died here on November 4, 1847. The former apartment retains original furniture, autographs of letters and music, first prints and some of Mendelssohn's watercolors. The study documents the atmosphere in which the composer created the oratorio “ Elias ”, among other things . The Mendelssohn family's music salon is used for matinee concerts every Sunday.

A historical garden surrounds the house. The large chamber music hall of the Mendelssohn House is located on the first floor of the remise , which has also been preserved .

An extension of the museum was opened on February 3, 2014. On the ground floor of the house, visitors can interactively conduct an orchestra in a globally unique installation and change the balance of the instruments, as well as switch between modern and historical instruments when playing. In addition, a very impressive modern presentation of historical exhibition objects was created with a floor-to-ceiling so-called paternoster showcase. A newly created “world for children” in the garden house is another important addition to the museum.

Since November 2017 there has been a permanent exhibition on Fanny Hensel and another part of the museum on Kurt Masur, which belongs to the International Kurt Masur Institute, on the second floor of the house .

Until March 2013, the offices of the Musicological Institute of the University of Leipzig were located on the third floor of the building ; The music branch of the university library was located on the ground floor at that time .

The Mendelssohn House was included in the Blue Book published in 2001. In addition to museums of national cultural heritage, the Blue Book contains a list of so-called “cultural memorial sites”.

The Mendelssohn House has been a member of the Working Group on Music Museums in Germany since 2005 .

In 2018 the Mendelssohn House Leipzig received the European Heritage Seal as a music heritage site along with eight other Leipzig music institutions.

See also

Web links

Commons : Mendelssohn House  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. To adorn and beautify life in FAZ of November 4, 2017, page 11.
  2. Mendelssohn House Leipzig (

Coordinates: 51 ° 20 ′ 10 ″  N , 12 ° 23 ′ 0 ″  E