A Museum to Honour Mendelssohn
In Goldschmidtstraße 12 there is a museum to honour the great composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, opening hours daily from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.
The Mendelssohn House in Goldschmidstraße 12 (formerly Königstraße 5) in Leipzig is the only remaining private address of the outstanding musician Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847).
The Mendelssohn family moved into the flat in 1845. It has been carefully restored to what it looked like when the composer lived there and since November 1997 has been the home of a museum in honour of its former inhabitant. Here, visitors can find information about Mendelssohn’s life and work. Letters and sheets of music, water colours painted by Mendelssohn himself, authentic furniture, the composer’s study, the music salon – all of this bears eloquent witness to the era in which Mendelssohn lived.
The written documents offer an insight into Mendelssohn’s family, education and his large circle of friends, but also deals with the time after the musician’s death, a dark chapter of German history. The contempt towards the musician, due to his Jewish heritage, which started in the 19th century already but reached a sad climax under the National Socialists, resulted in the defamation of his prolific oevre. It was even mainly forgotten for some time, despite the fact that Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was one of the most significant composers of the first half of the 19th century.
Leipzig was the most important and most influential station of his short life. Visitors will find extensive information about his time in this city.
The museum in the Mendelssohn House is well aware of its historical significance and its duties to society regarding the conservation and cultivation of Mendelssohn’s legacy, and the musical and historic education of the young generations. This is why the association which is in charge of the house and the museum has committed itself to, among other things, preserving Mendelssohn’s musical and spiritual legacy and to make Mendelssohn’s works more widely known. For this purpose, concerts are held in the music salon of the museum at 11 o’clock every Sunday. Just like in Mendelssohn’s times, music of all musical epochs is played during these concerts.
The Mendelssohn House is an ideal destination for excursions on a Sunday morning: You can attend the concert and afterwards wander around the authentic rooms that the Mendelssohn family inhabited. This is an interesting experience for the whole family as you are able to discover how people lived more than 150 years ago.