The Royal College of Music's Museum of Instruments houses an internationally renowned collection of over 800 instruments and accessories from c.1480 to the present (700 European, keyboard, stringed and wind; 100 Asian and African). Gifts since the foundation of the College in 1883 include important collections from the Rajah Sir Sorindro Mohun Tagore (1884), the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII (1886), Sir George Donaldson (1894), A.J. Hipkins (1911), E.A.K. Ridley (1968), Geoffrey Hartley (1985), Amaryllis Fleming (2002), Richard Walton (2003) and Crispian Steele-Perkins (2003). The collection was re-housed in a new museum in 1970, made possible by the generosity of Trusts and donors.
The Museum also has on display some of the most famous paintings from the College's collection, including two - portraits of Jan Ladislav Dussek and George Henschel - purchased with support from the National Art Collections Fund and other Trusts and donors.
Opening times & admission
Jenny Nex BMus (Hons), MA Curator
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This page last updated: 16 December 2009