On display at the Museum of Instruments in the Royal College of Music, you'll find highlights from the collection of more than 1,000 instruments including the anonymous clavicytherium, believed to be the earliest surviving stringed keyboard instrument, remarkable and unfamiliar instruments such as the contrabassophon, division viol and serpent, plus trombones owned and played by Elgar and Holst.
Alongside these are some of the most significant portraits from the RCM collection, including oil paintings of Haydn, Boyce and Farinelli, as well as manuscripts, early printed edition, photographs, letters and many other objects from the Library and Special Collections.
The Royal College of Music Museum is closed from December 2015 to undergo an exciting redevelopment, reopening in 2020.
Admission is Free. Group visits cost £5 per person and can be arranged with the curator.
Venue Details & Map
Museum of Instruments at the Royal College of Music
Royal College of Music
Prince Consort RoadLondonSW7 2BS
- +44 (0)20 7589 3643
- Public transport:
- Tube: South Kensington then 10 minutes' walk;Buses: 9, 10, 33, 52, 52A, C1
- Payment Facilities
- Free entry