The Bachhaus, with over 300 original exhibits over an area of 600 m2, is one of the most significant exhibitions focussing on Bachʼs life and music. One of its unique features is the performance each hour of short concerts in the “instrument hall”: on two organs (built in around 1650 and around 1750), a clavichord (1770), the Silbermann spinet (c. 1760) and the harpsichord (1705, copy). In the half-timbered building, built in 1456, residential rooms (bedroom, living room, kitchen) furnished with original furniture illustrate what life was like in the time of Bach. This is where we can see the puzzling “Bach Goblet” and Bachʼs meticulously reconstructed “theological library”. In the adjoining new building, valuable exhibits, multimedia art works and individual listening facilities come together to create an exciting representation of Bachʼs music. There is also a childrenʼs corner with a tricky organ puzzle.
For over 100 years, the birthday of the city's most famous son, Johann Sebastian Bach, has been celebrated in Eisenach on 21 March. So the 338th Bach birthday was also celebrated on 21 March 2023 at the monument in front of the Bach House with balloons, coffee, birthday cake and a concert.
There will be celebrations not only in Eisenach, but all over the world: In Jerusalem, the seventh "Bach in Jerusalem" festival will take place in honour of Bach's birthday in 2023. The Bachhaus Eisenach will again be present there with an exhibition, as it has been since 2016. Under the heading "Fame and Mystery: Bach’s Partitas Op. 1 and his Mass in B Minor" will be presented in English and Hebrew.
Bachhaus Exhibition in Jerusalem:
Fame and Mystery: Bach’s Partitas Op. 1 and his Mass in B Minor
19.-26.03.2023, YMCA, King-David-Street 26, Jerusalem, Israel
Special exhibition in Eisenach, Germany:
The Old Testament of Piano Players - 300 Years of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier
Until 29 May 2023
Open daily, 10 am - 6 pm. Live music every hour
Bachhaus Eisenach, Frauenplan 21, Eisenach