How about trying to date a Bach manuscript? Or why not arrange a Bach chorale to your taste while exploring the sound of Baroque instruments? These are just some of the exciting activities demonstrating that a visit to the Bach Museum in Leipzig is by no means a passive experience!
The museum presents the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family in an interactive multimedia exhibition covering an area of 750 square metres. One of the highlights is the treasure room, where original Bach manuscripts and other precious items are on display. Prize exhibits include the console of an organ inspected and approved by Bach himself in 1743 from the erstwhile St John's Church, a casket containing relics from Bach’s tomb, and a recently discovered cash box once owned by the Bach family.
Furthermore, the pleasance, the audio room and the Café Gloria are all great places to relax after a busy time in the museum.
Notes on accessibility / deviations from the pictograms:
- Awarded the Saxon Museum Prize "Inclusion" and the sensory friendly seal of "sensory-friendly environment"
- Access (door 90 cm) via 1 step of 5 cm
- Toilet for wheelchair users: door 85 cm, 150x150 cm in front of and 95 cm beside the toilet
- Wheelchair space in the Listening Cabinet
- Audio/video guide for blind and visually impaired guests
- Tactile and audio stations with Braille.
- Guide dogs allowed
- Audio/video guide in German sign language
- Induction loops for audio guides and listening stations
- Audio/video guide and museum guide in simple language
- Guided tours for disabled guests
He was highly regarded during his lifetime as a virtuoso, an organist and an organ inspector, but his compositions were known only to connoisseurs and soon fell into oblivion. It was not until the mid-19th century that Johann Sebastian Bach was given the recognition that he had long deserved. The brilliant musician spent the last 27 years of his life in Leipzig. Bach wrote many of his most famous works in this city, filled with the spirit of the Reformation. In the house of his friend Georg Heinrich Bose, opposite St Thomas Church, the Bach Archive and the Bach Museum is now accommodated. It is one of the many stations on the musical trail “Leipziger Notenspur”, which traces the extremely rich musical history of the city.