The Beethoven Museum Heiligenstadt
A towering figure among classical composers, Ludwig van Beethoven spent his entire professional life in Vienna. Yet no high-profile museum commemorating Beethoven’s life and work exists in this city renowned for its musical heritage. Until now, the Wien Museum has operated a small memorial site in rooms overlooking the courtyard of the house where Beethoven wrote his famed “Heiligenstadt Testament.” We are about to change that.
In an exciting development, the Wien Museum recently brought the entirety of the Beethoven house in Heiligenstadt under its administration. Under the leadership of Wien Museum curator Alexandra Hönigmann and a team of international experts, the Wien Museum will completely renovate and reopen the Beethoven Museum Heiligenstadt as a state-of-the-art exhibition space, research center, and performance venue. With the planned remodeling along with key object acquisitions, the Wien Museum aims to create an engaging, immersive, and complete Beethoven experience.
This project is supported by the American Friends of the Vienna Museum.
Learn more here.
The Vienna Humanities Festival
Around 3,000 people attended the first annual Vienna Humanities Festival between 23rd and 25th of September 2016. Organized jointly by the Wien Museum and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), the weekend-long event offered approximately 40 lectures, discussions, and readings exploring the festival theme, ‘Out of Place.’ Speakers included academics and curators from a wide range of disciplines, from anthropologists to philosophers. The festival was made possible through the generous support of private and institutional sponsors.
The American Friends of the Vienna Museum provided seed funding for the inaugural Vienna Humanities Festival. Modeled on Chicago Humanities Festival, the Vienna Humanities Festival encourages creative thinking and cultural exchanges.