Exhibitions

The Museum has three permanent galleries, alongside regularly changing displays and exhibitions. Together they cover an array of eras, instruments and subjects, from the finest 17th-century Cremonese violins to the cast of a 20th-century conductor’s hand. Below you can see what is on at the moment, pique your interest with future displays and investigate our archive of exhibitions past.

Current exhibitions

The Spencer Collection

Tuesday, 03.01.2017 - Saturday, 31.03.2018, Museum Ground Floor

Highlights from this rare and beautiful assemblage of 16th-century lutes, guitars and manuscripts will be displayed and explored.

Hands free

Tuesday, 28.02.2017 - Wednesday, 31.05.2017, Tertis case

Musicians’ hands are as expressive as their faces; they are key to their creativity. This exhibit displays casts and photographs from our collections, revealing what the hands of composers and performers looked like.

Permanent exhibitions

Piano Gallery

Museum Second Floor

This gallery follows the keyboard instrument’s lively evolution from the early 17th to the early 20th centuries.

Strings Gallery

Museum First Floor

This gallery showcases the rich variety of the Academy’s stringed instrument collection.

History of the Academy

Museum Ground Floor

These displays show the illustrious history of the Royal Academy of Music, the oldest conservatoire in the United Kingdom.

Recommended as one of Britain’s five best music museums

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The Spencer Collection: A Musical Banquet

29.09.2016

In the Academy’s Museum, January 2017 – March 2018