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Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

One Washington Square, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0171
(408) 808-2058
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Ranked #27 of 80 Attractions in San Jose
Traveler Description: The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies is dedicated to the life and work of Ludwig Von Beethoven and is the only institution of its kind... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

There is a great collection of Beethoven sketches and manuscripts. The best thing though are the historical keyboards, which the public is allowed to play. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and can teach you no matter your musical background.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Who would have known this was here? The Beethoven Center is located on the fifth floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. library in downtown San Jose. The library is a collaboration of San Jose State University and the San Jose Library. The center was established in 1983 when Ira F. Brilliant donated his collection of Beethoven memorabilia to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Excellent! Despite the size (it's only 1 large room), this is a must see for people interested in classical music. I brought a group here and setting up a "tour" was extremely easy by sending an email to them. I don't know if they normally play for visitors but they played for our group and showed us how the different... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

I could have spent hours here if I did not arrive late. There are so many wonderful exhibits here! In fact, the curator said they cycle their displays so there should be even more to be seen! Highly recommended if you are a music (especially beethoven) enthusiast!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2007

I had gone to visit a friend who lived in San Jose, and she had planned all the great attractions, which were wonderful, but this one, we inadvertently stumbled across! That visit MADE MY TRIP if I had not seen anything else! I am a classical pianist, was taking music courses (Piano, Performance) through the University of Alaska, and had... More

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