Bach Museum
Bach Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A museum celebrating the life and works of classical music guru Bach.
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  • Magnificat075
    Oxfordshire, United Kingdom46 contributions
    Excellent museum with plenty of music and information
    Excellent museum about Bach's music and his life in Leipzig (and before). All the panels were in German and English. Very helpful (free) lockers at the entrance so we could wander unemcumbered. I particularly enjoyed the family tree (so many musicians!), the organ exhibit and the Brandenberg Concerto rooms with light-up instruments where you could press a button and that part would be highlighted. Excellent interactive panels about the Leipzig locations and how they and Bach fitted into musical life in the city. Cafe by the entrance served an excellent lunch too. (Travelled with family: 70+ mother, not teenagers)
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 28, 2023
  • karenmc90
    Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania67 contributions
    Outstanding Leipzig Museum
    This museum has it all! The inter-active exhibits, musical instruments, family history, & Bach’s connections to Leipzig were outstanding. We especially enjoyed the audio guide and additional audio selections of Bach’s compositions. It was informative and fun! Well done!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Robert L
    Zeist, The Netherlands356 contributions
    If you visit Leipzig, you also have to visit the Bach Museum. It’s that simple.
    You can’t visit Leipzigs’ Bach without visiting his Museum. You will find relics, original music paper, Bach ‘piano’ and cello but you will also be able to sit, relax and enjoy his wonderful music. Fantastic museum.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Gembo
    Salisbury, United Kingdom19 contributions
    A must visit museum!
    A superb museum particularly for lovers of Bach music and the history of baroque music. There is plenty of interesting displays to read and watch and a copious supply of recordings of Bach music to listen to. Over the road is the Thomas Kirche where one can see original instruments of the baroque period and hear live performances of Cantatas and the Passions.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 16, 2024
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Mayandollar
Reno, NV228 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
So much music and such fun displays. You don’t need to know anything about Bach or music to enjoy this. Original manuscripts and old instruments were amazing. I loved the display where they played each instrument within the orchestra !! Wow. Spend at least 2 hours.
Written December 3, 2022
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Robert L
Zeist, The Netherlands356 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
You can’t visit Leipzigs’ Bach without visiting his Museum. You will find relics, original music paper, Bach ‘piano’ and cello but you will also be able to sit, relax and enjoy his wonderful music. Fantastic museum.
Written January 14, 2024
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karenmc90
Springfield - Delaware County, PA67 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This museum has it all! The inter-active exhibits, musical instruments, family history, & Bach’s connections to Leipzig were outstanding. We especially enjoyed the audio guide and additional audio selections of Bach’s compositions. It was informative and fun! Well done!!
Written May 29, 2023
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Elena L
1 contribution
Sep 2018 • Solo
I worship music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

So, I went to this museum. First, they took my money, and sent me to another building. There, they asked, if I speak German. After verifying that I did not, they informed me that they will NOT let me in, unless I surrender my tiny waist bag to them 'for storage'. I explained (and have shown) that I only have my cash, credit cards, and my passport in my waist bag, and would be happier to keep these items on my body, and not in their 'storage'. They still forced me to leave my valuables with them.

I was astonished to see inside the museum, that everyone else was permitted there with large bags and rucksacks. Why? May be, because they spoke German? That was pure racist discrimination (and I am an old white woman, not ISIS).

I have to admit, that it was difficult to focus on the content of exhibition after such treatment by the staff.

I still worship music by Johann Sebastian Bach - DESPITE activity of Bach museum in Leipzig.
Written September 2, 2018
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ABK
Storm Lake, IA104 contributions
Jul 2019
Although I don't regret that our family visited the Bach Museum, Leipzig, I have to say I expected more. After having taken in all it had to offer, our joint thought was, "That's it?" J. S. Bach was in Leipzig serving at the adjacent Thomas Church for the last 27 years of his life and is even buried there. Considering those facts I expected a much more robust celebration of his life and career, than this modest facility offers.

On the plus side, it was quite amazing to see manuscripts and musical compositions in Bach's own handwriting in the Treasure Room, along with portraits of him. I found the Bach family tree exhibit interesting as well. Admission is more than reasonable--young people under 16 years of age are free, and adults are 8 euros each.

In the upper level of the museum you can put on headphones and hear any of Bach's compositions. This interactive area was enjoyed by my family members. On the same level there is an exhibit about various musical instruments used in orchestras during the Baroque period, which I found static and underwhelming.

Looking over some of the other reviews, I see one person suggest that Bach's music should be playing throughout the museum. Great suggestion! (And kind of inexplicable that it's not.) Another wrote that the musuem lacked a "wow factor." That hits the nail on the head---our family doesn't regret going, and will remember, in particular, seeing the amazing items in the Treasure Room area--but nothing about the experience "wowed" us. I wouldn't necessarily dissuade people from visiting this museum, especially music lovers/students; But if you are pressed for time, choose simply to go into the Thomaskirche, the seat of Bach's Leipzig career and his final resting place, right across the street.
Written March 23, 2020
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Aussie2urist
Nancy, France72 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
I was very excited to see this museum as my partner and myself are huge fans of Bach. Incredibly it is not open on Mondays. After walking in drenching rain we were told by a very rude woman that it is not open in a very loud rude voice.
Unfortunately I did not have time to see it the next day as we were leaving Leipzig.
Written September 11, 2019
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Aleksandra Scharner
Gdansk, Poland134 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
A very interesting museum. It was fantastic to see the original music sheets and to listen to Bach’s pieces played on the old instruments. A must see :)
Written July 16, 2020
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leafadvisor
London, UK75 contributions
Dec 2019
Lovely museum just the right size for 1 to 1.5 hours. A must for Bach fans and music fans. Lovely manuscripts to look at, and instruments, etc. with lots of information in English and German on Bach's music and life and the background in which he worked.
Not as shiny as the Mendelssohn Haus and way better than the Schumann Haus (see my reviews there!)
Very nice staff, free English audio guide and lockers.
Written December 26, 2019
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MLF-traveller
Palo Alto, CA53 contributions
Nov 2019
I was visiting Berlin and realized that Leipzig - the City of Music could be reached by fast train in just under 1.5 hours. My destination was the Bach Museum and it was the highlight of my trip ! I have played Bach's music on the piano for decades, and he is my favorite composer, so I didn't expect to learn much new. I was mistaken - I had NO IDEA of the generations of Bach musicians that preceded "Old Bach" and continued after him. It was interesting to see the instruments that were from the time he was Cantor at the Thomas Church. They have a lovely way of introducing music into almost every experience, for example in the instruments room, whatever music is playing, the instruments involved light up, and if you press a button, that instrument will sound a little louder so you can hear its voice above all the others. No need to pay for an expensive guided tour - take the train to Leipzig and buy the "City of Music" guide available in many languages, and just set off! I recommend the Schumann House and Mendelsohn House as well. Mendelsohn House is a 15 minute walk, the Schumann House is a new exhibition and a little out of the way, but well worth visiting for the highlighting of Clara Schumann and new modern multi media exhibits. For music lovers, this city is a must see.
Written December 7, 2019
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John B
Westwood, MA170 contributions
Jul 2019
This museum is in the former Bach family home and is next to the Thomas church where he was the choir master. I was expecting something like the Mozart house in Salzburg or the Brahms Museum in Hamburg. There are only a few rooms open on the tour and very little to see or listen to. There is a family genealogy, some instruments, and a trunk once owned by Back. I would suggest spending time elsewhere.
Written August 8, 2019
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