BTHVN on Tour - Orchestrated by DHL

Beethoven’s 250th birthday and DHL’s 50th anniversary -
Time to celebrate with a once-in-a-lifetime world tour

Explore BTHVN on Tour

Here you have the chance to explore BTHVN on Tour in the virtual world

BTHVN on Tour combines original exhibits and high-quality facsimile reproductions made especially for the exhibition using multimedia technologies, thereby offering visitors fascinating insights into the life and work of Beethoven.

Among the rare items on display are an ear trumpet which the composer used to amplify his failing hearing, his violin which he clearly marked with his initials and an original art print from Andy Warhol’s 1987 Beethoven series. The interactive multimedia exhibition provides visitors with an even deeper understanding of the composer and his creative processes. One of the animated presentations shows Beethoven writing and reworking the manuscript of his famous Diabelli Variations.

The exhibition also allows visitors to compare their hearing with Beethoven’s limited faculty and thus to experience first-hand how much – or rather how little – the primitive ear trumpet was able to compensate for his hearing loss.

Enter the world of Ludwig van Beethoven

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Important stages in Beethoven’s life

Make a Beethoven ‘journey’ and learn about the most important stages in the development of his music

What Deutsche Post DHL Group and Beethoven share

Frank Appel

Deutsche Post DHL Group

"Deutsche Post DHL Group and Beethoven have two things in common. We have roots in Bonn, Germany, and we share a pioneering spirit of innovation.
We are very proud to provide the logistics expertise for the transport of historical treasures from Beethoven’s lifetime. This is a great way to celebrate Beethoven’s remarkable legacy."

Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group

Malte Boecker

Beethoven-Haus Bonn

"In this project 'BTHVN on tour' we have the opportunity to engage with international audiences in questioning the relevance of Beethoven’s life and music and of the future of classical music in today’s generations. So with the help of the Deutsche Post DHL Group this has become possible and it’s a wonderful collaboration."

Malte Boecker, Director Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Decades of experience result in unequalled expertise

DHL has been managing the logistics throughout the entire duration of BTHVN on Tour. This includes not only transportation but also the installation and assembly. For each stage of the tour, DHL moves seven tonnes of exhibits and equipment by truck and by air. Over the two years of the tour, the freight will have traveled 50,000 km .

As a partner of many famous orchestras and museums, DHL has extensive experience in transporting instruments and exhibits that are not only valuable but also exceptionally fragile. The exhibits sourced from the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn are individually packed in custom-made crates. These are individually lined with padding and specially sealed to protect the exhibits from damage due to shock, vibration, or temperature changes. The high-grade containers are shipped using DHL Smart Sensor Tracking technology. This ensures that the temperature and humidity are maintained at a constant level throughout.

BTHVN on Tour Gallery

Take a look behind the scenes of the delivery of BTHVN on Tour

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