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Beethoven 2020 anniversary events

Vienna is the world capital of music and has always inspired musicians and lovers of music. This magic may have been what Ludwig van Beethoven felt when he moved to Vienna in 1792. Until his death in 1792, he made contributions to the world of music that are still felt today. These “sparks of divinity” continue to inspire – and attract some 10,000 music lovers to live classical music performances in Vienna every night.

Happy Birthday, Ludwig!

The whole city is celebrating the 250th birthday of the great composer with a spectacular programme: Concerts, operas, exhibitions and walks let you trace the footsteps of the musical genius. And the Flexi PASS has joined the celebrations: the following exhibitions are free for you with your Flexi PASS!

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Here are our top tips for the ultimate Beethoven experience in Vienna:

House of Music

Permanent Exhibition in the Beethoven Room

The Beethoven room on the 3rd floor – dedicated to the great composers – is open to music aficionados year-round. Some of his most famous works, like the 9th Symphony or the Moonlight Sonata, accompany you while you look at the historical objects presented there.

Inside Beethoven! – The Walk-In Ensemble

In addition to two special Beethoven exhibitions in spring and autumn, the House of Music offers an interactive sound installation that lets visitors experience what it is like to be part of a musical ensemble. Enter the stage and become a part of the orchestra.

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Mozarthaus Vienna

At the Mozarthaus Vienna, lovers of classical music can learn about their idols. The exhibition “The Triad of the First Viennese School: Haydn – Mozart – Beethoven. Commonalities, parallels, contrasts.” is dedicated to these three great masters of classical music and highlights surprising connections. For example, Mozart and Haydn played music together in Mozart’s Domgasse flat, what is today the Mozarthaus. 10 June to 10 August 2020 
www.mozarthausvienna.at/

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Beethoven Museum & Beethoven Pasqualati House

Two of the many places in Vienna where Beethoven lived.
www.wienmuseum.at

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Austrian National Library

Original letters and manuscripts of some of Ludwig van Beethoven’s greatest works.
“Beethoven. World of the Man and Spark of the Gods”. 19 December 2019 – 10 August 2020
www.onb.ac.at

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Leopold Museum

“Inspiration Beethoven. A Symphony in Pictures from Vienna 1900” “Inspiration The exhibition looks at how Beethoven was venerated by artists of the Vienna Secession.
30 May – 21 September 2020
www.leopoldmuseum.org

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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

“Beethoven moves”. Beethoven’s humanist messages had a lasting influence not only on music, but also on art and cultural history.
25 May – 6 July 2020
www.khm.at

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