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The world's most famous composer comes from Eisenach - Johann Sebastian Bach was born here on 21 March 1685. All his life, he proudly called himself an "Isenacus". Opened in 1907, the Bach House is the home of a modern - and the world's largest - exhibition on Bach's life and music, with more than 250 original exhibits displayed in an area of 600 m², including Bach's autograph, first editions like the "Art of the Fugue", the meticulously reconstructed "Bach Library", mementoes like the entrance door to Bach's home in Leipzig and the famous "Bach Goblet" from Bach's possessions.  

There is live music at the Museum at hourly intervals, on two organs, the Silbermann spinet, clavichord and cembalo (included in the admission fee).  In the extension, visitors will find a fascinating combination of exhibits, multimedia art and individual listening. In floating "bubble chairs", they can become immersed in Bach's music or compare famous recordings of the same cantatas at a mixing console. The section entitled "Bach iconography" traces the development of Bach's image from original paintings through copperplate engravings to artists like Emil Orlik and Johannes Heisig and the forensic reconstruction created in 2008.
A "walk-in musical presentation" takes visitors to four Bach performances via a 180° projection, namely a ballet of  the "Art of the Fugue", a rehearsal of St. Thomas' Boys' Choir, an organ concert and St. Matthew's Passion. Nowhere else is there so much Bach! And a visit to the Museum can be brought to a pleasant end in "Café Kantate" in the garden of the Bach House. 

Opening hours

Monday: 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

Detailed information

  • culture/history
  • literature/theatre/music
  • further training for music teachers, Thuringian organ academies
  • musical instruments, hourly live concerts for all visitors, Baroque garden

Services

  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Café
  • Language: German, English, French
  • Parking for coach: 8

Accessibility

Restricted access for wheelchair users Personnel lift available Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons

2 public disabled parking spaces (3.40 x 4.20 metres) about 150 metres away. Assistance recommended for wheelchair users for the path from the car park to the museum. Ramp in front of the entrance area (14%). Only the ground floor of the historic house can be visited. Visitors with a wheelchair up to 80 cm wide can attend the hourly live concert in the historic instrument room. Access via 2 mobile ramps (75 cm long, 80 cm wide, 10%, and 65 cm long, 80 cm wide, 11%). Garden access via steps.

In the new building, everything is barrier-free. There are listening stations and music chairs. WC in the basement accessible via lift. Please note: accessible at right 40 cm (but there is a mobile changing table which can be removed), left = 100cm.

Guide dogs permitted. Museum guide in Braille with relief pictures.

Educational museum tours by prior appointment for blind and visually impaired children and teenagers and for visitors with mental disabilities. 

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Bachhaus Eisenach

Frauenplan 21
99817 Eisenach

Telephone: +49 (0) 3691 79340
Fax: +49 (0) 3691 793424

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