Since the Richard Wagner Museum was opened in 1933, the city of Lucerne has also been responsible for its collection. The Tribschen residence houses furnishings and objects as well as letters and autographs from Wagner's time to current documents on the museum's history. The collection comprises around 1,600 objects. This online collection is in the process of being created and is only available in parts for the time being. However, it will be continuously expanded.
Discover the online collection of the Richard Wagner Museum
This exhibition highlighting the life and work of Richard Wagner is on the ground floor of the museum. A collection of historical photographs and paintings are on display in five rooms, as well as a precious collection of original manuscripts. The exhibition also features memorabilia from Wagner, including items of his clothing and furniture, the famous cast-bronze Wagner bust by Fritz Schaper and the true gem of the collection: his Erard grand piano from Paris, dating from 1858.
The musical score to the "Siegfried Idyll" is one of the most important exhibits on display here. Richard Wagner composed a serenade transcribed with "Tribschener Idyll" for his wife Cosima on her 33rd birthday. It premiered on the stairs in the Tribschen manor on 25 December 1870. Cosima was thus awakened on her birthday by the gentle sound of the "Idyll".
The exhibition veritably comes alive with a public guided tour and concert on the Erard grand piano.