Mozart’s Birthhouse

It won’t take long to figure out what the hordes of tourists are doing outside the yellow house with the Austrian flags. They’re paying homage to the most famous son of Salzburg, one of the greatest composers and musicians of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This is a top-class museum and will only take about an hour to get around. It provides a great overview of Mozart’s early years and his family, as well as day to day life in 18th century Salzburg.

Probably the most famous museum in Salzburg and running very close to the Fortress in terms of visitors, the bright yellow Mozart Geburtshaus (Mozart Birthhouse) is a site of wonder and devotion for many of the composer’s fans. There’s a constant buzz around the house and good luck in trying to get a decent photo among the crowds.

Also known as the Hagenauerhaus, the house was named after the landlord and friend of the Mozart family. Leopold Mozart and his wife, Anna Maria, moved into this apartment in 1747 where they had 7 children in total (only two survived). Mozart was born on 27th January 1756, the younger brother of Maria Anna – nicknamed ‘Nannerl’ – who was born in 1751.

The family had a reasonable sized apartment which consisted of a kitchen, utility room, living room, study and bedroom – and happily lived here until 1773 at which point Leopold decided they needed somewhere bigger.

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The instruments used by Mozart himself as well as the letters he wrote.


The museum was first opened in 1880 by the Mozarteum Institute (International Mozart Foundation) and takes up three floors of the building.

The top floor shows the Mozart apartment, including the room in which he was born, and a very interesting exhibition about his family and early life. You get a real sense of the family accomplishments and of how close they were.

Also on display are some of Mozart’s earliest musical instruments including his violin and clavichord as well as portraits, letters and various other memorabilia. One section is dedicated to his operas and how they have been staged.

Finally, a neighbour’s apartment is on display where the museum has authentically reconstructed an 18th century home.

This museum is a must for Mozart lovers and will even appeal to those who know little about the great composer.

Fun Fact

Some people are shocked that the ground floor of the birth house of Mozart would be home to a Spar convenience store. But we think that it’s fitting. This house was always a middle-class house on a middle-class trading street and the Mozart’s were not above pedalling their own wares around Europe.

Opening Hours:

Daily 9.00 am – 5:30 pm
July, August: daily 8:30 am – 7.00 pm
Dec. 24: 8.30 am – 3.00 pm

(last admission 30 min. before closing)
Closed periodically during Mozart Week when concerts take place.
Guided tours can be arranged in advance.
Unfortunately the museum is not wheelchair accessible.


Prices – Mozart Birthplace Museum
Adults € 11.00
Children (6-14 years) € 3.50
Youths (15-18 years) € 4.00
Disabled persons (with Disability ID) € 9.00 – escort free
Families (2 adults and children under 18) € 23.00
SalzburgCard: one time free admission

Prices – Combined ticket: Birthplace and Residence
Adults € 18.00
Children (6-14 years) € 5.00
Youths (15-18 years) € 6.00
Disabled persons (with Disability ID) € 15.00 – escort free
Families (2 adults and children under 18) € 38.00
SalzburgCard: one time free admission.

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