Museums and Exhibitions 

Legge Museum, Hohenems

Walter Legge (1906-1979) was the first and most important record producer in Classical Music.

With the help of original documents from his large archive, the museum sheds light on his correspondence and collaboration with influential figures of the international music life such as Thomas Beecham, Benjamin Britten, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Otto Klemperer, David Oistrach, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (his wife), Albert Schweitzer, Jean Sibelius, Arturo Toscanini, and Wieland Wagner, as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra London, which was founded by Legge in 1945.

A brillant author of letters, reviews and essays, excerpts of which have been chosen as comments to the items on display, Walter Legge »himself« guides the visitors through the exhibition, which of course also refers to his pioneer work in the field of classical music recordings such as the first complete recording of Hugo Wolf’s lieder oeuvre.

In a separate room, the museum depicts Walter Legge's business relations with Maria Callas. Thanks to her eminent recording career, which was planned and realized by Legge with the aim of meeting the highest possible standards both artistically and technically, the great soprano continues to inspire music lovers all over the world even decades after her early death.

In the 19th century, the building Marktstraße 5 was owned by Samuel Brettauer, the grandfather of Stefan Zweig. Therefore, one of the Legge Museum's rooms is dedicated to the great European author and the musical life of his time.


Opening hours 2018

On appointment, we are happy to open the museums for groups and individuals outside the regular opening hours.

March 23 – 24: 10.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
April 29 – May 5: 10.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
June 24 – 30: 10.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
July 13 – 15: 10.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
August 26 – September 1: 10.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
October 4 – 9: 10.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.


Admission fees

€ 7 (€ 3,50 for pupils, students and apprentices)
Ticket owners are entitled to visit all museums as often as they wish for a whole year after ticket purchase.



Marktstraße 5
6845 Hohenems, Austria

This museum is made possible thanks to a private donation.

The Maria Callas exhibition room at the Legge Museum
The Maria Callas exhibition room at the Legge Museum
Walter Legge and Herbert von Karajan
Walter Legge and Herbert von Karajan
Exhibition at the Legge Museum
Exhibition at the Legge Museum
Walter Legge and Maria Callas
Walter Legge and Maria Callas