Exhibit Schedule

Current exhibit

Beethoven's Hair: The Schindler-Moscheles Lock and Beethoven Portrait by Felix Moscheles and the Hummel Lock of Beethoven's Hair and Beethoven's Quill Pen

August 23, 2019 - December 21, 2019

See the hair and read the stories behind these two different special mementos of Beethoven.

Beethoven's CraniumThe Mind of Beethoven: Inspirations in Art and Literature

Featuring "Beethoven's Cranium" by Salvador Dali and other works





A Brief Biography of BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven

Featuring Beethoven Center collections

Explore original sources on Beethoven's life including letters, diaries, conversation books, and household records. 

Recent Acquisions

Featuring the 1828 issue of the music magazine Cäcilia containing a Beethoven portrait and facsimile of an original Beethoven letter.

Upcoming Exhibits:


The Beethovens on the Rhine: Exploring Beethoven's Love of Nature

January 21, 2020 - April 11, 2020

Learn about the Beethoven family in Bonn and the natural world of Beethoven's childhood home. In conjunction with the Pastoral Project (April 22) and the Nature Hike (May 9).

 Beethoven's Chamber Music

April 20, 2020 - June 27, 2020

Explore the social history of chamber music-making in the nineteenth century and the central role of Beethoven's music. In conjunction with Chamber Music Conference (April 30 - May 2)

Beethoven at the Ball: Social Dancing in the Early Nineteenth Century

July 13, 2020 - October 3, 2020

Learn about the music, customs, costumes, and choreography of the formal (and less formal) balls during Beethoven's time. In conjunction with Beethoven at the Ball: Workshop and Social Dance Event (September 12)

Beethoven Anniversaries: Past, Present, Future

October 19, 2020 - December 23, 2020

Look back at past anniversaries to explores Beethoven's impact on history since 1870.

 See also our online exhibits.