Your Visit to Mendelssohn House in Leipzig

The historical music salon © Dirk Brzoska
The historical music salon © Dirk Brzoska © Dirk Brzoska
  • Opening hours

    © Dirk Brzoska

    Visit Mendelssohn House in Leipzig 365 days a year!

    Open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    (24 and 31 December 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

  • Admission fees

    Spending money is also going more moderately than I thought.
    Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy on his trip to Scotland in 1829

    Museum: EUR 10.00 / reduced EUR 8.00 / with "Leipzig-Pass" EUR 3,50
    Concert: EUR 18.00 / reduced EUR 14.00, unless otherwise stated
    annual ticket: EUR 30.00

    Students and apprentices, senior citizens and Leipzig Card holders are entitled to a reduction.
    Admission is free for children and pupils up to the age of 18.

  • Guided tours

    © Stephan OKOLO Fromme

    Mendelssohn tour

    Every Saturday at 10 a.m. we invite you to a Mendelssohn tour through the museum and Leipzig’s city centre in the composer's footsteps. The tour will be held in German.

    EUR 15
    Duration: approx. 2 hours

    Registration required.
    Contact: buero@mendelssohn-stiftung.de / +49 341 9628820

    Individual guided tours

    Experience Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and his world in an individual guided tour through the museum.

    museum admission fee per person plus EUR 30.00 guided tour fee
    Duration: approx. 1.5 hours

    Registration in advance is required. Guided tours can be given in German, by request in English and  several other languages.
    Contact: buero@mendelssohn-stiftung.de / +49 341 9628820

    Individual concerts

    The highlight of your tour can be a chamber concert in the music salon.

    Advance arrangement required.
    Contact: buero@mendelssohn-stiftung.de / +49 341 9628820

    You can find information about our guided tours and workshops for children and young people here.

  • Concerts

    The Mendelssohn-quartet in the music salon
    The Mendelssohn-quartet in the music salon © Gerd Mothes

    There is a matinee in the music salon every Sunday at 11 a.m. Experience chamber music in the tradition of the Mendelssohn Bartholdy family at the historical venue.

    EUR 18.00 / reduced EUR 14.00, unless otherwise stated / "Leipzig-Pass" EUR 05.00

    Students, senior citizens and Leipzig Card holders are entitled to a reduction.

    Ticket reservation recommended.
    Contact: buero@mendelssohn-stiftung.de / +49 341 9628820

  • Garden, café and shop

    © Archiv Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig

    End your visit to the museum in our little café or the inviting garden. The museum shop offers literature about Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and his time as well as CDs, postcards and attractive souvenirs. Also visit our online museum shop.

  • Directions

    Mendelssohn House is located at Goldschmidtstrasse 12 in the centre of Leipzig, just a few minutes' walk from Augustusplatz with numerous public transport connections. The Gewandhaus concert hall and the opera house are also located there, as well as the nearest underground car park.

Three floors of Mendelssohn!

© Stephan OKOLO Fromme

The heart of Mendelssohn House is the former flat of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy on the first floor. Of the many different flats in which the composer lived and worked, it is the only one that has been preserved. This is where the story of the museum began. The faithfully reconstructed flat was the first museum area to open in 1997. In 2014, an additional level was added to the museum with the ground floor. In the rooms with modern design, the music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy can be experienced in many different ways and even conducted in what is called the Effektorium. On the occasion of the museum's 20th anniversary, another level was opened on the 2nd floor. There, exhibitions on Fanny Hensel, Felix' sister, and Kurt Masur, the conductor, initiator and pioneer of Mendelssohn House, can be found.

  • The bel étage

    © Stephan OKOLO Fromme

    Fortunately, the flat was found (here at Königstrasse no. 5, outside the city close to the promenade, with garden etc.)
    Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in a letter to his friend, Karl Klingemann

    From the late summer of 1845, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and his family filled the bel étage with life and music. Numerous prominent visitors, including Clara and Robert Schumann, Louis Spohr, Joseph Joachim, Hans Christian Andersen, Jenny Lind, Raymund Härtel and Richard Wagner, came up the stairs. Today, visitors enter Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's flat via the historic staircase, which has been restored to its original design as it was during the artist's lifetime. The composer's study, where works such as the Elijah oratorio were created, the magnificent music salon where a concert takes place every Sunday, the family-owned furniture, letters and sheet music, watercolours by Mendelssohn, and extensive information on the life and work of the artist make this authentic place an unforgettable experience.

  • Fanny's world

    © Stephan OKOLO Fromme

    In Königsstrasse no. 5 up 1 flight of stairs are lodgings for you ...!
    Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to his sister, Fanny Hensel

    The life of the composer and pianist Fanny Hensel can be discovered on the second floor. This most interesting woman was the older sister of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and received a comprehensive musical education together with him. Beyond the close sibling bond, both were each other's musical advisors and fierce critics. After her marriage to the painter Wilhelm Hensel, Fanny Hensel lived in the garden house of her parents' property at Leipziger Strasse 3 in Berlin, which she turned into a musical centre. The short film Sonntagsmusiken (Sunday concerts) recounts this. Fanny Hensel's piano cycle Das Jahr (The Year) accompanies the visitor thematically and acoustically through the exhibition rooms.

    © Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig
    Ein Leben in Musik

    Mit Fanny Hensel durch das Jahr

  • The Effektorium

    © Christian Kern

    Effectus 13: Musica homines laetificat - Music delights the people from the treatise Complexus effectuum musices by Johannes Tinctoris

    The highlight on the ground floor of the museum is the Effektorium, an installation that is unique in the world and allows visitors to conduct a virtual orchestra or a virtual choir with works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

    From the stand, the conductor brings 13 steles to life, which, depending on the piece selected, are transformed into groups of instruments or vocal registers. A short tune-up fills the large room, then you can begin. Here it is possible to try out the effect of different tempi, to let your favourite instrument play alone, to switch from modern to historical orchestral sound, to try out the acoustics of different rooms, and to bathe the room in different colours. The stand may also be left to five master conductors, and you can listen to their interpretations of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Scottish Symphony.

    The Effektorium is a feast for the senses.