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RCM Museum of Music - CLOSED

Prince Consort Road | Royal College of Music, London SW7 2BS, England
+44 20 7591 4346
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A little pre-Proms tour

Two levels of really incredible instruments within the college. So you get the feel for the... read more

Reviewed February 23, 2016
Danielle S
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Ennismore
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Small place with very rare music instruments

It is rather difficult to find the place. On my first holiday I coudn't find the enterance so I... read more

Reviewed January 2, 2016
Sven H
,
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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The RCM Museum of Music preserves and displays an internationally renowned collection of more than 1,500 items including musical instruments, portraits, sculptures, photographs and engravings related to music. Highlights include a clavicytherium (an upright harpsichord) dated c 1480, believed to be the earliest surviving stringed keyboard instrument, the earliest dated guitar (Belchior Dias, 1581), the earliest baryton (1647), and one of the most important collections of English viols on public display. Many of our instrument date from the early 16th century to the present day and demonstrate the development of instrument models and sounds over time. The Museum also houses instruments relating to composers, such as trombones owned and played by Elgar and Holst, and a horn played by Dennis Brain. The collection of paintings includes portraits of Joseph Haydn, Carlo Broschi (Farinelli), Arcangelo Corelli, and more than a hundred composers related to British musical life in the past two centuries. Many of the instruments in the collection are in playing condition and can be heard during Museum concerts and events or during guided tours. The Museum hosts events for all ages, including hands on workshops for children, and arranges visits for those with special requirements. The Museum also welcomes scholars and researchers and is part of the International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections of ICOM.
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Feb 22, 2016
“A little pre-Proms tour”
Jan 2, 2016
“Small place with very rare music instruments”
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Prince Consort Road | Royal College of Music, London SW7 2BS, England
South Kensington
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+44 20 7591 4346
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Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

Two levels of really incredible instruments within the college. So you get the feel for the day-to-day adventures of students and faculty, and to take in the beautiful instrument collection.

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Reviewed January 2, 2016

It is rather difficult to find the place. On my first holiday I coudn't find the enterance so I visit this place in my second visit/holiday to brittan. I gave my self a tour around the building (it was difficult to find the exibition) and...More

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Reviewed October 20, 2015

A really lovely collection of musical instruments. As a woodwind player I was fascinated by the old clarinets and flutes but also interested to see the clavicytherium and contrabassophon. It doesn't take long to look around but is free to get in and well worth...More

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Reviewed September 7, 2015

The RCM holds many free concerts throughout the year which are well worth attending. As part of the Proms season they are the host for the 'Proms Extra' events. There is a very interesting Museum of Music which is open Tues-Fri during the day. If...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2015

Well worth the effort in finding this museum located behind the science !museum Natural history museum

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Reviewed August 27, 2015

I high recommend for all the musicians and conductors who wants to learn more about the old instruments and their history.

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Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed this peaceful little collection of fascinating pieces. Staff were warm and welcoming too and happy to answer my questions and tell me more about the instruments histories. Wonderful to see the history of music so well displayed as well as seeing their hand-operated...More

Thank Jay H
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Reviewed August 20, 2015

In fact, people can visit the Museum-though small but includes several kinds of musical instruments introduced. You can also take a peek at the PowerPoint within the museum.

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Reviewed August 19, 2015

A wonderful museum, filled with lots of interesting instruments and artefacts. A great way to spend an hour or so in Albertopolis!

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Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

I visited with my girlfriend, who is musical. I have to say, I found it really interesting despite my limited knowledge of music history. The instruments are really beautiful and the space intimate enough to take a longer look at the more intricate designs without...More

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