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Museum & Library

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 a clavichord or a 19th century piano.

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.

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. 

Lunchtime Tours CLOSED

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

Your visit

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

 

CLOSED: Only the Violins Remain. Alma and Arnold Rosé

Monday, 09.03.2020 - Saturday, 30.05.2020, Museum

A touring exhibition from the House of Austrian History, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music Museum

Associated events free, but tickets required. Click here to book.

The story of a father and daughter – icons of Austrian musical life – whose careers were cut short by the Nazis. Arnold fled to London but Alma perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where she had become the conductor of the Women’s Orchestra.

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. CLOSED.

Ravi Shankar

The Lionel Tertis Memorial case (opposite the canteen in the basement of the main building) houses changing displays of items from the Academy collections or loaned items.

Currently on display is an exhibition on Ravi Shankar.

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