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Bach Museum Leipzig

The Bach Museum is a testament to modern museum culture, featuring a permanent interactive exhibition dedicated to the work of Bach, who made a name for himself the world over as the Cantor of St. Thomas Church and a town musician.

The Bach Museum is part of the Bach Archive in the Bose House at St. Thomas Churchyard in Leipzig. The story of the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach is told across 12 rooms covering 750 square metres. The interactive exhibition gives visitors the chance to play Baroque instruments, compare modern-day Leipzig with its past version and date Bach's works in the research lab. The treasure room is home to original manuscripts and other rare items, whilst music floats from organ pipes to draw visitors in to the fascinating world of Bach's organ music.

The fascinating items on display include an organ console at which Bach himself played in 1743 and the only item to have been saved from his home: an iron cash box. The contents actually remained concealed until 2009 thanks to the secure padlock with 11 catches. On top of all that, a small pleasure garden, a listening studio and Café Gloria provide ample opportunity to sit back and relax. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am–6 pm

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