Royal College of Music Museum of Music
Part of the Royal College of Music, the Royal College of Music Museum of Music has an array of musical instruments stretching back from 1480 to the current day. The jewel of the crown in exhibition is a clavicytherium, which is the oldest surviving keyboard instrument anywhere in the world. There are hundreds of rare and fascinating instruments to enjoy, including the contrabassoon, division viol and trombones once played by Elgar and Hoist.
The museum itself was first opened in 1892 and due to its position on the college campus, it has managed to retain a vast collection of portraits, photographs, sculptures and a huge library of concert programmes. For an insight into the evolution of classical instruments, there is nowhere finer anywhere in the UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 4300