On the 27th of January 1756, Salzburg’s Wunderkind was born in the Hagenauer Haus at Getreidegasse number 9 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Together with his sister ‘Nannerl’ and their parents, he lived in this house until 1773. Today, Mozart’s Birthplace is a museum open all year round. Leopold and Anna Maria Mozart lived on the third floor of the Hagenauer Haus building at Getreidegasse number 9 for a total of 26 years – from 1747 to 1773. The house is named after its owner, and friend of the Mozart family, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer, who was a merchant and spice trader. It was here that Salzburg’s famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born on the 27th of January 1756.
In 1880, the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation set up a museum in Mozart’s childhood home. This has been systematically refurbished and expanded over the last few decades. It has eventually become a place of cultural pilgrimage, attracting thousands of visitors from all around the world to Salzburg each year. At Mozart’s birthplace, you will be led through original rooms complete with historic instruments, documents, mementos and the vast number of portraits made during Mozart’s lifetime.
The three current exhibitions were set up by the architect and caricaturist of the Salzburg news, Thomas Wizany. The focus is on Mozart’s original instruments and authentic portraits. The exhibition also includes furniture from Salzburg and everyday objects used in Mozart’s time.
The museum includes a family apartment as it would have been in Mozart’s lifetime. In 1985, an apartment at the back of the building, facing Universitätsplatz Square, was turned into a middle-class apartment as it would have looked in Mozart’s lifetime. As well as furniture and everyday objects, the focus is on three topics: ‘Mozart and Salzburg University’, ‘Mozart’s Friendships with Salzburg Families’ and ‘Church Music and the Veneration of Saints’. Many visitors wonder why there’s a small supermarket in this venerable house. It specialises in regional products from in and around Salzburg and special mementos such as the original Mozartkugeln from famous confectioners Konditorei Fürst. Not to mention Augustiner beer, only available here and from the Augustiner brewery. The supermarket is open every day.
Few people know that there was a small grocer’s in this house even during Mozart’s lifetime. The place where the Mozart family used to frequent is now a very special sort of shop.