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Musikinstrumentenmuseum

The Museum of Musical Intruments (Musikinstrumentenmuseum)

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From 1979 to 1984 the architect Edgar Wisniewski built the Museum of Musical Instruments which belongs to the Institute of Musical Research (Institut für Musikforschung).
The museum presents about 800 musical instruments from the 16th century until today and demonstrates their sounds during concerts and guided tours. Founded in 1888, the collection bears nearly 3000 instruments.
The collection of the Naumburger wind instruments as well as early cembalos and spinetes designed by the Ruckers family - and of course the famous cembalo of Bach - are some of the highlights of the museum, as well as various string instruments of European masters like Stradivari, Gagliano, Stainer, Krouchdaler, woodwind instruments from Hotteterre, Denner and Quantz. The museum also presents the travel cembalo of Queen Sophie Charlotte of Prussia, some flutes from Frederick II., Carl Maria von Weber's hammer piano and an English organ from the company John Gray. Also the very impressing cinema and theatre organ ”Mighty Wurlitzer” belongs to the collection and is played on the regular guided tours.

Guided tours
Every Tuesday and Saturday      More information