We invite you to visit us and explore the Royal Academy of Music Museum’s three floors of historic instruments and behind-the-scenes stories from the United Kingdom’s oldest conservatoire. The Museum expresses music’s capacity to inspire, unite console and stimulate through displays and event using our outstanding collections.
Our collections feature a host of unique musical items. Come face to face with the ‘Viotti ex-Bruce’ violin by Antonio Stradivari which was once played to Queen Marie Antoinette, read a letter penned by Franz Liszt, study Gilbert and Sullivan’s original score for ‘The Mikado’, and perhaps hear a live demonstration of a harpsichord. Our friendly Gallery Assistants are Academy students, here to tell you more about the displays and talk about their studies at the Academy.
Visit and discover how musical history was shaped in our History of the Academy display against a backdrop of Victorian social reform, two World Wars, the Swinging Sixties and current artistic developments. Strings Gallery features precious violins, violas and cellos by world-famous makers, as well as a Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, double bass, tiny piccolo violin and rare archive material about musicians and makers. Piano Gallery demonstrates the development of keyboard instruments from the 17th to the 20th century, with a particular emphasis on the 19th century’s evolution of the grand piano so familiar today.
The Academy’s new temporary exhibition ‘War Music: Notes from the First World War’ runs from 22 April 2014 to 21 March 2015. In the First World War, music was heard on the battlefield, in concert halls, in the camps and in churches. Marking the First World War centenary, this exhibition takes a broad look at the relationship between music and war against the background of radical musical change. Original instruments, images and manuscripts are featured.
Families and primary school pupils can pick up a children’s trail on each floor, to discover our collections through fun questions and puzzles. The Museum regularly holds free public events and museum tours.