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Address: Oxford University Faculty of Music | St. Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 276139
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For music-lovers everywhere: this specialty museum houses a fine collection...

For music-lovers everywhere: this specialty museum houses a fine collection of historical woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, plus more than one dozen historical keyboard instruments and a complete bow-maker's workshop.

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You can touch and play some of their instruments!

The best thing about this place is that you can touch and play some of their instruments! Not many museums allow that.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 May 2016
VyT68
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

The best thing about this place is that you can touch and play some of their instruments! Not many museums allow that.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

It's been on my radar for some time to visit this museum. I should have gone sooner and it's free to enter. A vast collection of mainly woodwind and brass together with some string and pianos and their predecessors, too big for their small space. If you like finding out for yourself and minimal interpretation this museum does it, well... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

Every display is packed with historical instruments. Visit during term time as we did and you're likely to be treated to students rehearsing their repertoires. Make sure to ask for an audioguide. You can listen to music samples recorded on the exact instruments in each cabinet.

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Thank Alexandra S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

We visited during a family day when there was a wide selection of instruments to try such as serpents and theremins. The highlight was playing the gamelan (Javan orchestra mainly percussion) for an hour. Very knowledgeable staff explained the exhibits well and answered questions.

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

Fascinating museum - great to hear clips of many of the instruments being played. All 'guides' who were there were really interested in the collection and keen to share information but also give you space to browse.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

Whether you like musical instruments or don't play one, there's bound to be something in there to learn. Incredible collections of various wind instruments (e.g., alto saxhorns, flutes, saxophones, shawms, trombones, trumpets, French horns, contrabassoon, etc), string instruments (e.g., guitar, viola, violin, etc), spinets, harpsichords, harmonium, barrel organ, military timpani and Jews' harps. There's a listening device for you to... More 

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Andover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

I saw this museum on the map and was intrigued. Despite no particular interest in music I found a brief visit entertaining. There are cases and cases of instruments, some of which I had never heard of. I liked the recordings accessed via a handheld player. Not the easiest place to find, but worth the effort.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

we visited this excellent small museum of musical instruments. for a couple of hours and it was an unexpected little gem.

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Olney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

This must be one of the very best small museums. I agree with all the compliments of previous reviewers. As well as for those interested in the history of instruments, it is also great as a place to try your hand at playing, particularly blown instruments. We spent ages looking at and listening to things as well as playing, and... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

Great collection with opportunities to listen to recordings of many of the instruments and even to play with a few. Very friendly staff!

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