Haus der Musik is an interactive sound museum which provides a new approach to music on a playful as well as scientific level. For the last 15 year the aim has been to provide knowledge and understanding as well as open-mindedness and enthusiasm when dealing with music. Since its opening in 2000, Haus der Musik has welcomed over 2,7 million visitors. We mark the occasion with an Open House on Sunday June 14 featuring children’s guided tours and a children’s concert by Suli Puschban. The celebration will be completed by a high-profile artist talk with renowned conductor Mariss Jansons on Friday, June 19.
Vienna has always been a city of musical innovation and a place where people were not afraid to try the unconventional. At Haus der Musik we seek to reflect Vienna‘s pioneering character in terms of music by offering our visitors inventive and novel approaches deliberately distinct from classical music education.
Besides historical aspects we put a particular emphasis on the interplay of natural and electronic sound production and the relationship between analogue and digital. We seek to build bridges between tradition and innovation. Thus the aesthetic and artistic translation of musicological content finds its expression in the architectural combination of a historical building structure with high-tech elements. Haus der Musik is a place of lively debate where ever new approaches to music arise and are immediately put to the test.
In addition to our interactive exhibition, Haus der Musik offers a dense programme including live concerts, artist talks, and a varied agenda particularly for children as well as music festivals. To host all these activities and more we dispose of an event hall and our magnificent glass-roofed inner courtyard.
In its 15th year, Haus der Musik goes international. We are the first Austrian museum to have signed an international license agreement enabling the creation of a music museum based on the Viennese model in Mexico. In cooperation with our partner the Lang Lang International Music Foundation – for whom we also act as ambassador – we have presented STAIRPLAY, a new music education project. At its centre lies the transformation of a grand staircase into an interactive piano. With ideas of the like we seek to stimulate children and adolescents’ curiosity, spark their enthusiasm and instil in them a sense of openness for music. We consider our cooperation with the Lang Lang Foundation as well as the creation of the Mexican “Casa de la Música” as wonderful opportunities to spread our ideas internationally.
My team and I wish you an inspiring, exciting and fun visit at Haus der Musik.
Simon K. Posch