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Bach Exhibition

Arnstadt was not only the place of the work of the young Johann Sebastian Bach, but also the home of his ancestors. The "Bache", as the members of the family of musicians used to be called, spread all over Thuringia and beyond from the end of the 16th century onwards and had a decisive influence on the musical life of the era.

The young Johann Sebastian Bach, who was the organist at the New Church - today the Bach Church - in Arnstadt from 1703 to 1707, is the focus of the exhibition.

In addition. the exhibition highlights the history of the Bachkirche in Arnstadt and the 300 years of history of its organ. One  exhibit still stands out among the others: the console of the organ, built by the organ builder Johann Friedrich Wender in 1703, on which Johann Sebastian Bach himself played.

Opening hours

Tuesday: 09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday: 09:30 - 16:30
Thursday: 09:30 - 16:30
Friday: 09:30 - 16:30
Saturday: 09:30 - 16:30
Sunday: 09:30 - 16:30

Detailed information

  • culture/history
  • literature/theatre/music
  • Organ console, sheet music, mementoes of the life of the Bach family in Arnstadt


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Language: German, English



Contact information


Markt 3
99310 Arnstadt

Telephone: +49 (0) 3628-602932

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