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Review of Mozarthaus Vienna

Mozarthaus Vienna
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Ranked #338 of 829 things to do in Vienna
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Mozarthaus Vienna presents the life and work of the musical genius Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, with particular emphasis on his Vienna years from 1781 to 1791, in a unique setting in the heart of Vienna close to St Stephan’s Cathedral. Domgasse 5 is the only one of Mozart’s apartments in Vienna that still exists today. The composer lived in Mozarthaus Vienna in grand style from 1784 to 1787. Nowhere else did he compose more music. Visitors can see not only the historical apartment but also an extensive presentation of major works by Mozart and of the times in which he lived. There is also a museum shop and the Bösendorfer-Saal concert and event location.
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

“Mozart and his family occupied an apartment on the first floor of this building from 1784 to 1787. Of Mozart’s 11 Viennese residences, this is the one where he is said to have been the happiest. It is also where he composed a significant number of his masterworks: the exquisite Hadyn quartets, a handful of piano concertos, and ‘The Marriage of Figaro.’ Restored for the anniversary year 2006, the Mozarthaus has exhibitions on two upper floors as well as the original apartment.”

The above is taken with minor modifications from one of my guidebooks and, unfortunately, was more information than most of that found in the house proper. The Mozarthaus is located almost adjacent to St. Stephens church. It contains three floors of exhibition space, with an audioguide provided with your admission fee. The tour starts on the third floor with the theme of “Vienna in the Era of Mozart” and continues down to the second with “Mozart’s Musical World” and finally ends with a brief description of the apartment itself on the first floor. The obligatory shops, learning center, and, obviously, an event room round out the offerings in the building.

This was a disappointment on several levels. First, the presentation was disorganized and made very little chronological or thematic sense. The amount of knowledge gained for time put in was incongruous. I found myself wandering around on each floor wondering where to go next or whether to leave. Second, there were very few legitimate artifacts from the time period. Somewhat oddly, pictures were not allowed which was funny as there wasn’t really anything to see most of the time. There was a brief “save” on the first floor with a small diorama on the furniture most likely to have been inside. Third, this probably would have been an average (3/5) attraction in any other city but in Vienna? I definitely have high expectations for perhaps the world’s greatest musical genius in a city he once called home. Unfortunately this reminds me of the Oktoberfest museum in Munich: a well-meaning but hastily assembled portrayal of an important local topic that will generate maximum revenue. Here’s hoping that the powers that be put in the necessary time and effort to retool a museum of a quintessential Viennese subject.

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Reviewed 30 January 2018

This is a nicely restored building that Mozart lived in while in Vienna. There a nice displays of his life and works, all found elsewhere in other museums and they give an adequate overview of the composer. The Mozart museum in Salzburg is more comprehensive. Seeing the building, walking the stairs and understanding what life was like in 1780's Vienna were reasons for visiting.

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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

This very much felt like a money grab to us. There are no original pieces in the building- nothing that belonged to Mozart. The rooms are mostly empty with bad copies of documents, pieces of music or artwork on the walls. Or periodically you will come across something 'from Mozart's time,' but that didn't actually belong to him. Given that he apparently moved dozens of times in a very short time span, there could presumably be many other apartments in Vienna which could offer you a quick glimpse at his living quarters & save you plenty of euros. If any of them open up, this place is in serious trouble.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Small, fast and interesting! Loved to learn more about Mozart’s life personally and professionally! There is a little store with lovely products!

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

We went there on Christmas Eve. We were afraid that it would close on that day.
We checked several times before leaving our own city (in Asia) on the 23rd but found no special notice about its opening hours on Christmas Eve.
We were there around 5 p.m. and found out that it closed before the usual hour as stated in its website. There were also 5 to 6 other visitors at its entrance and we were all disappointed.

We do hope we have made a mistake by ourselves. If not, the management should look into this case and improve.

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