Bach’s life and works are displayed in a contemporary way in a permanent interactive exhibition featuring plenty of audio examples as well as regular thematic exhibitions. The museum’s centrepiece is a climate-controlled ‘Treasure Room’ where original manuscripts written in Bach’s own hand and other precious items are on display.
Mendelssohn House (Goldschmidtstrasse 12, Leipzig) is the only private home of outstanding musician and composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–47) to have been preserved. Plenty of artefacts recalling his life and works are displayed on two floors, including pictures, films, letters, sheet music and watercolours produced by Mendelssohn, and original furnishings. Among the rooms open to visitors are the composer’s study, the Music Salon, the Effektorium containing a virtual orchestra, and a children’s museum in the coach house. Whatever your age, a visit to Mendelssohn House is never dull!