The Mozart family lived on the third floor of the "Hagenauer House" at Getreidegasse 9 for twenty-six years, from 1747 to 1773. The celebrated composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born here on January 27, 1756. The building is named after the merchant and toy dealer, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer (1712-1792), who owned the building and was a friend of the Mozart family.
A museum at Getreidegasse 9: The International Mozarteum Foundation first installed a museum in Mozart's Birthplace on June 15, 1880. It was systematically remodeled and enlarged over the decades and has become a cultural venue that draws thousands of visitors from around the world to Salzburg each year. Visitors are conducted through the original Mozart rooms at Mozart's Birthplace containing historic instruments, documents, memorabilia and most of the portraits painted during his lifetime, including the unfinished oil painting "Mozart at the Piano" painted by Mozart's brother-in-law, Joseph Lange, in 1789. The famous exhibits include Mozart's child violin, his concert violin, his clavichord, the harpsichord, portraits and letters from the Mozart family.
Mozart's instruments: The music instruments on display in Mozart's Birthplace were passed on to the International Mozarteum Foundation by Mozart's widow, Constanze Nissen (1762-1842) and her sons Carl Thomas (1784-1858) and Franz Xaver Wolfgang (1791-1844). The Mozart Residence was carefully restored in 1994 and remodeled according to state-of-the-art museum standards by the Viennese architect, Prof. Elsa Prochazka, to protect the exhibits from damage. The "Burgher's apartment during Mozart's time"
With the help of private donations the rear part of the house facing University Square was appointed as a "Burgher's apartment during Mozart's time" in 1985 in the former apartments of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's neighbor, Babette von Moll, aunt of the famous Salzburg geologist and natural scientist, Karl Ehrembert von Moll (1760-1838). In addition to the furnishings and items of daily use, three themes are documented: "Mozart and Salzburg University," "Mozart's Friendship with Salzburg Families" and "Sacred Music and the Veneration of Saints."
Mozart at the Theater : The second floor of Mozart's Birthplace is devoted to the topic "Mozart at the Theater." Numerous dioramas (miniature stages) illustrate the reception history of Mozart's operas. Stage models from the late 18th to the 20th century present the many-faceted interpretations. The International Mozarteum Foundation has presented a special Mozart exhibition on the first floor of Mozart's Birthplace since 1981 with exhibits changing once a year.
Three new exhibitions : The three exhibitions, "A Day in the Life of a Child Prodigy," "Mozart at the Theater" and "The Mozarts - a Family Introduces Itself" were designed by the architect and Salzburger Nachrichten cartoonist, Thomas Wizany. The exhibitions focus on original Mozart instruments and authentic portraits. Salzburg furniture and objects of everyday use during Mozart's time are also on display.