The most spectacular musical instrument museums you can visit around the world
September 30, 2021, 17:36
Musical instruments have been found in all corners of the world for thousands of years. And like other historical artifacts, many are now on display and kept in dedicated museums, as well as in private collections.
Below is a list of some of the musical instrument museums that you can visit around the world …
Musical Instrument Museum – Brussels, Belgium
This Belgian museum is internationally recognized for its collection of more than 8,000 instruments.
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Hamamatsu Instrument Museum – Shizuoka, Japan
The Hamamatsu Instrument Museum houses around 1,300 instruments from around the world. It is the only such museum in Japan and was opened in 1995.
Wind Instrument Museum – La Couture-Boussey, France
The village of La Couture-Boussey in France has been renowned for its manufacture of wind instruments since the beginning of the 17th century. In 1888, local luthiers founded this museum of woods to exhibit their art.
The Royal College of Music Museum – London, England
The Royal College of Music in London is home to more than 15,000 objects, including the oldest known guitar, the first stringed keyboard instrument and the best-known portraits of Joseph Haydn and Farinelli.
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Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, Kunsthistorisches Museum – Vienna, Austria
The Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente is a permanent exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The collection includes a particularly diverse range of Viennese clavichords and pianoforts, as well as a violin from the estate of Leopold Mozart.
Horniman Museum and Gardens Music Gallery – London
This south-east London museum has over 1,300 musical instruments in its basement music gallery. Interactive sound tables offer guests the opportunity to hear their favorite instruments.
Vleeshuis Museum – Antwerp, Belgium
The Vleeshuis, which translates to the butcher’s shop, or literally, the meat house, is a former guild hall turned into a museum. Musical instruments have occupied a prominent place in this collection since the early 1970s.
Musikinstrumenten-Museum der Universität Leipzig – Leipzig, Germany
The Musical Instrument Museum of the University of Leipzig is one of the largest musical instrument museums in Europe, housing around 10,000 objects.
Bate Collection of Musical Instruments – University of Oxford, England
Housed in the Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford, the Bate Collection is the most comprehensive collection of European wind, brass and percussion instruments in Britain with over 2,000 objects under its roof. The instruments are maintained in playing condition by a dedicated team and are often used for performances and recitals.
Music Museum, City of Music – Paris, France
Within the Philharmonie de Paris, a collection of concert halls in the French capital, is the Music Museum. The collection includes more than 8,000 instruments and works of art, plus a piano belonging to Chopin and a guitar belonging to Brassens.
Sharan Rani National Museum Gallery of Musical Instruments – New Delhi, India
An exhibition of 450 musical instruments at the National Museum of New Delhi tells the story of Indian music. The permanent exhibition includes instruments ranging from the 15th to the 19th century.
Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, Arizona, United States
This American museum houses a global collection of over 8,000 musical instruments from nearly 200 countries and territories. Founded in 2010, the Musical Instrument Museum primarily focuses on today’s instruments, as opposed to their history and beginnings.
RNCM Historical Musical Instrument Collection
The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester houses a collection of historic musical instruments. Objects include violins by Antonio Stradivari and wind instruments from the 18th and early 19th centuries.