Hugo Wolf was born on the 13th March 1860 in Slovenj Gradec as the third child of the German speaking family of a tanner and furrier, a respected citizen and music enthusiast Philipp Wolf and his wife Katarina (born Nussbaumer). Wolf played piano and violin even at preschool and was regarded as a musical prodigy with perfect pitch. He received his first music lessons from his father as well as from his home tutor, Sebastian Weixler, which included playing the second violin in his father’s house orchestra.
The memorial exhibition, set in the interior of a bourgeois living environment from the end of the 19th century, presents Wolf's life and work through all the characteristic periods of his intense, extravagant and also tragic life, with special emphasis on his childhood in Slovenj Gradec and the narrative of life circumstances in his birthplace and to his family.
Since 1856 Philipp Wolf the house was in property of the Wolf family. Adrienne Koršič inherited the house from her father and mother, and from her it was inherited by Oton Koršič in 1923. In 1932, with a loan agreement, the house was acquired by Herbert and Walter Waschnagg, however, the German occupying force took away their proprietary right in 1943. The building was nationalised in 1950; the Slovenj Gradec Music School had its seat in the house from 1953 until 2010, when the Hugo Wolf Museum was established.