Mozart House, Vienna
The only remaining residence of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dongasse 5, or Mozarthaus in Vienna, Austria, is now a fine museum that pays tribute to one of the most prolific classical composers of all time. Mozart, his wife and children lived at this location from 1784-87; by all accounts it was one of the most gracious apartments in Vienna at the time, with four large principal rooms, two small ones and a well-equipped kitchen.
The years that Mozart spent here were among his best; he was at the pinnacle of his creativity and in the city where he was regarded in god-like terms. The 4 levels of the building provide an orderly insight into the sometimes disorderly mind of a musical genius.
Mozart House offers guided and unguided tours, the latter utilizing a free audio guide. Tours consume about one hour. Visitors will enjoy a collection of permanent exhibits, as well as occasional special events, exhibitions and programs.
The home’s foyer has been reinvented as a welcome center, café and gift shop; this is where tours are arranged. The second story offers a comprehensive collection of Mozart’s musical world, especially his own works. Many of his most famous compositions, for example, “The Magic Flute” and “The Marriage of Figaro” are given individual tribute rooms on the floor of the museum. The third floor is devoted to Vienna in the time of Mozart, putting the rest of the exhibits cleverly into historical context. The Mozart House museum is a very worthy place to visit on a tour of Vienna, a city long famed for its involvement and support of music and the arts.