Royal College of Music Museum

Royal College of Music Museum information

London , United Kingdom
Prince Consort Road
Getting there
Tube: South Kensington
Opening hours
11.30am-4.30pm Tue-Fri term time & summer
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If you've a musical ear and the vast museums of South Kensington have left your head spinning, a far smaller and more manageable collection can be discovered downstairs at the illustrious Royal College of Music. The museum presentation is dated but there are some fascinating instruments on display, dating from the 15th century.

There’s a 1615 spinet, a replica of a clavichytherium, a barrel organ from 1815, old musical scores, a bin from Northern India, a German toy piano and a host of Eastern European plucked instruments. Guided tours of the museum cost £5. If you find this interesting, consider a trip to the outstanding Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, which has a superlative collection of instruments from around the world.