23.10.2020 to 11.04.2021 | Exhibition

'Bonn’s Golden Age – the electoral capital in Beethoven’s day'

[Translate to English:] © StadtMuseum Bonn

The electoral capital in Beethoven’s day. Court life and town society. Culture, education and the economy.


The exhibition - opening on October 22, 2020, 7 p.m. - shows the exciting social, cultural and economic environment in the small residence city of a clerical elector, which was undergoing radical changes due to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Ludwig van Beethoven, the son and grandson of a court musician, was destined for a career at the court of the Elector of Cologne in Bonn. His unmistakable talent as a performing musician and as a composer, his eagerness to learn and his family circumstances, which were particularly distressing after the death of his mother, attracted the interest and sympathy of some of his educated court musician colleagues and members of the court nobility, in particular of the young Count of Waldstein, who came from the Austrian high nobility; to continue his studies in Vienna - the city of origin of the last Elector of Cologne, Maximilian Franz of Austria, whose father and brothers successively resided in Vienna as emperors of the Holy Roman Empire.


Adenauerallee 79
53113 Bonn

Admission prices

Admission during opening hours Wednesday 13-17 h, Sunday 11.30-17 h: 2,50 Euro
Tickets only at the museum box office in the Arndt-Haus:

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