• Free admission Free admission
    Opening Hours
    11.30am–5.30pm Monday to Friday, 12–4pm Saturday
    Closed Sundays, public holidays and all December
    For more details on opening times see below

Museum

Visit the Royal Academy of Music Museum to explore unique instruments, manuscripts and art, and discover behind-the-scenes stories from the United Kingdom’s oldest conservatoire.


In permanent galleries and temporary displays, visitors will see star items such as the ‘Viotti ex-Bruce’ 1709 violin by Antonio Stradivari once played to Queen Marie Antoinette, Gilbert and Sullivan’s original score for ‘The Mikado’, and a Viennese piano from 1815 with six pedals. You can learn about the role the Academy and its alumni have played in musical development for nearly 200 years, and perhaps hear a live gallery demonstration of an 18th century harpsichord.

Our friendly Gallery Assistants are Academy students who will tell you more about the displays and talk about their studies at the Academy. The Museum regularly holds free public musical and lecture events, museum tours, and offers children’s trails with quizzes and puzzles.

Our exhibition of early music instruments, manuscripts and curiosities collected by Robert Spencer is open until March 2018.

The Piano Gallery is often closed on Thursdays and Fridays due to student classes taking place. Please contact the Museum for more specific information if you are planning a visit. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Lunchtime Tours

On the first Wednesday of every month (except December) Museum staff give a general drop-in tour of the whole Museum. This offers an insight into our varied and historical musical collection.

 

NB The Museum will not be open during the Bank Holiday weekend (26th – 28th August). 

 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

 

Your visit

How to find us, travel options, disabled access, our facilities and more.
 

 

Yehudi Menuhin:
Journeys with a violin

To be a child prodigy and world-renowned violinist would be quite enough for many people – but not for Yehudi Menuhin.

4th January – 30th November 2016

Explore the collection

Browse or search our our wide-ranging collections of instruments, manuscripts, letters, performance materials, artworks, teaching materials, memorabilia and more.

The core of our Museum

Our permanent exhibitions showcase some of the Academy’s collections: History of the Academy on the ground floor; Strings Gallery on the first floor; and Piano Gallery on the second floor.

Celebrating 70 years of the London Bach Society

This display until February 2017 celebrates 70 years of the London Bach Society and their joyful mission to foster a greater understanding and knowledge of JS Bach’s music.

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