Shot of four keyboards in center

The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San José State University is an extensive library and museum devoted solely to the life, works, and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).

Inside of the Beethoven Center, with bookshelves and display cases

Plan Your Visit

The Center is open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday unless otherwise indicated on our website.


Close-up view of the inside of a historic keyboard instrument


Find out about upcoming concerts, lectures, contests, birthday celebrations and other special events.


Bronze statue of Beethoven

Our Collection

Our collection includes first editions, manuscripts, historical keyboards—and even a lock of Beethoven's hair!


Painting showing Beethoven at the keyboard playing for a small group of people


Find information about Beethoven's music and life through the Beethoven Gateway and other resources.


Cover of the Beethoven Journal showing a vintage map of Vienna


Become a member of the American Beethoven Society and learn about other ways to support the Beethoven Center.


Black-and-white portrait of a glowering Beethoven

Contact Us

Give us a call or send email to learn more about the Beethoven Center and the services we provide.