Musikinstrumenten-Museum information

Berlin , Germany
Street Tiergartenstrasse 1
Extras enter via Ben-Gurion-Strasse
+49 30 254 810
Getting there
train Potsdamer Platz
bus 200
subway Potsdamer Platz
More information
adult/concession €4/2
Opening hours
9am-5pm Tue, Wed & Fri, to 10pm Thu, 10am-5pm Sat & Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Packed with fun, precious and rare sound machines, the Musical Instruments Museum shares a building with the Philharmonie. There are plenty of old trumpets, bizarre bagpipes and even a talking walking stick as well as a handful of 'celebrity instruments': the glass harmonica invented by Ben Franklin, a flute played by Frederick the Great and Johann Sebastian Bach's cembalo. Stop at the listening stations to hear what some of the more obscure instruments sound like.

A crowd favourite is the Mighty Wurlitzer (1929), an organ with more buttons and keys than a troop of beefeaters that's cranked up at noon on Saturday. Classical concerts, many free, take place year-round (ask for a free schedule or check the website).