Bonn Municipal Museum

Postal address:
Büro StadtMuseum Bonn
Stadt Bonn, Amt 41-5
53103 Bonn

Telephone: 0049 (0) 228 / 77 20 94 (outer office of the Direction)
or 77 2414 (administration, in charge, inter alia, of arrangements of guided tours)
Fax: 0049 (0) 228 / 77 42 98
E-mail: stadtmuseum@bonn.de
Website: www.bonn.de/stadtmuseum

Exhibition building at Franziskanerstraße 9:
Bonner Stadt- und Kulturgeschichte
Franziskanerstraße 9, 1st and 2nd upper floors
Special exhibition area on the 2nd upper floor
Tel. of ticket office (during opening hours): 0049 (0)228 772877

Underground station: Universität Markt (Lines 16, 63, 66)

Opening hours:
Wednesdays: 9.30 - 14 hrs
Thursdays to Saturdays: 13 - 18 hrs
Sundays: 11.30 - 17 hrs
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

For timely updated information on special closing times (such as on public holidays or in summer) please refer to: www.bonn.de/stadtmuseum

Ernst Moritz Arndt House

Annex to StadtMuseum Bonn [Bonn Municipal Museum]
Adenauerallee 79
Tel. of ticket office during opening hours: 0049 (0)228 241435

Underground station: Juridicum (Lines 16, 63, 66)

Opening hours:
Wednesdays to Saturdays: 13 - 17 hrs
Sundays: 11.30 - 17 hrs

Open ONLY for special exhibitions and events,
cf. http://www.bonn.de/stadtmuseum
Bonn Municipal Museum has a special room on the history of music in Bonn [located in the exhibition area at Franziskanerstraße 9] where it displays detailed information on the beginnings of the Electoral Court Orchestra in Bonn up to its peak in the late 18th century under Cologne Elector Maximilian Franz, a descendant of the Habsburg Imperial House, but also on a number of musicians of the 19th and 20th centuries with a Bonn connection in their biography or through their works. Apart from Ludwig van Beethoven, born in Bonn (but deceased in Vienna), there is hardly any other composer with a more significant connection than Robert Schumann who died in Bonn in 1856 and was buried in the Old Cemetery, next to his wife Clara, although she outlived him by 40 years. Robert Schumann, who as a music commentator had already given a decisive impetus towards erecting a Beethoven monument in Bonn, went to Bonn for the first time on 15th May 1851, where his first way led him to the Beethoven monument directly.

Bonn Municipal Museum, which also owns a few exhibits with a Schumann connection (which it lent, inter alia, for the Schumann rooms at the Schumann House in Bonn), has devoted itself to Robert and Clara Schumann not only with a permanent exhibition, opened in 1998, but also with a series of special exhibitions held since 1993 at Ernst Moritz Arndt House, an annex to the Municipal Museum, showing, amongst other things, “Robert Schumann and the Poets”, “Album for the Young”, “Clara and Robert Schumann. Contemporary Portraits”, “Clara Schumann” (1996), Schumann as a Rhine Romantic in “To the Rhine, to the Rhine” (2002), “Between Poetry and Music. The Early and the Late Robert Schumann” (2006), “Robert Schumann – Stations in Life, Places of Residence and Travel Destinations” (2010), and with a variety of regular events (lectures, concerts, play readings, film screenings, and many more).

The Bonn Municipal Museum press, along with printing catalogues for the above exhibitions, has also been in charge of producing a number of other Schumann publications, such as Dichtergarten für Musik [Poets’ garden for music] and "Die Ehetagebücher der Schumanns [The Schumanns’ marriage diaries]", as well as "Unterwegs mit Schumann. Ein Reiseführer für Musikfreunde. [On the way with Schumann. A travel guide for music lovers.]" (2010).

Since 2005, the office of Bonn Municipal Museum has also been the head office of the Schumann Network of which the Museum Director was appointed as Project Manager by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the town of Bonn.

Since 2006, Bonn Municipal Museum has been offering a special sightseeing walk in the footsteps of Robert Schumann in Bonn (“Last Bars. Robert Schumann in Bonn”: http://www.schumann-portal.de/)

(Ingrid Bodsch)

A look at exhibition room “History of Music in Bonn” in the museum building atFranziskanerstraße
[Fig. 1]

A look at exhibition room “History of Music in Bonn” in the museum building at Franziskanerstraße

Anniversary exhibition
[Fig. 2]

Anniversary exhibition “Clara Schumann 1819-1896”, a look at the room in the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-House with a grand piano by Grotrian-Helffrich-Schulz, No. 1295, produced as a gift for Clara Schumann in 1871. In 1996, the grand piano was owned by a Belgian private collector.

A look at anniversary exhibition
[Fig. 3]

A look at anniversary exhibition “Clara Schumann 1819-1896” at the Ernst Moritz Arndt House, 1996

A look at anniversary exhibition
[Fig. 4]

A look at anniversary exhibition “Clara Schumann 1819-1896” at the Ernst Moritz Arndt House, 1996

Robert Schumann and the Muses
[Fig. 5]

Robert Schumann and the Muses, lithograph (collection of postcards)

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