Royal Academy of Music Museum

Royal Academy of Music 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.
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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 trench gramophone from the First World War. 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.

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Booking is open for our Spring 2020 calendar of events! 🌷Join us to enjoy a variety of events for all ages including a c...
13/12/2019

Booking is open for our Spring 2020 calendar of events! 🌷

Join us to enjoy a variety of events for all ages including a children's and dementia friendly tour of our amazing museum 🎼

Tickets are available on our website for free or a low cost fee > https://tickets.ram.ac.uk/sales/categories/museum

Join us in the Strings Gallery this Thursday 23rd November, 12.30pm, for the final Soundbox event of the year (free, no ...
20/11/2017

Join us in the Strings Gallery this Thursday 23rd November, 12.30pm, for the final Soundbox event of the year (free, no tickets required):

Peter Sheppard Skaerved explores the dialogues, imaginary and real, between the music and architecture of the early 18th Century. When the great architect Nicholas Hawksmoor died in 1747, the six-day auction of his belongings included violins by the great Cremonese and London makers, and music by Corelli, Mateis, Handel, and many others. What might these mean for us? Might his love of music-making tell us something about his work as an architect, and vice versa?

15/11/2017
Margarita Balanas

Margarita Balanas

Bach's Bourée performed on 20 fine cellos. Which one is your favourite?
Thank you to Tom Woods Cellos for letting me use their cellos and showroom.
Video by Roberts Balanas

We are very proud to be part of this fantastic project, increasing access to wonderful collections of instruments.
09/11/2017

We are very proud to be part of this fantastic project, increasing access to wonderful collections of instruments.

The Royal College of Music is proud to bring together 5,000 years of musical heritage from across the country for MINIM-UK, a major new virtual museum.

Learn more about the project, led by the Royal College of Music Museum in partnership with Royal Academy of Music, Horniman Museum and Gardens & The University of Edinburgh, at bit.ly/2yeKwCj

24/10/2017

Please note that there will not be a Material Matters talk today at the Museum.

We have a very exciting event in the Piano Gallery tomorrow afternoon. A lecture-recital by flautist Noémi Győri intro...
12/09/2017
Redefining the Flute and Guitar Duo - Royal Academy of Music

We have a very exciting event in the Piano Gallery tomorrow afternoon. A lecture-recital by flautist Noémi Győri introducing her Classical Flute and Guitar Project, which aims to redefine the flute and guitar duo through creating exciting new repertoire. This is a free event but booking is essential.

Redefining the Flute and Guitar Duo

Did you know, as well as world-class musical instruments in our collections we also have some charming curiosities, such...
10/08/2017

Did you know, as well as world-class musical instruments in our collections we also have some charming curiosities, such as these three bear bottle stoppers. Each little carved wooden bear is playing an alphorn.

MINIM UK
09/08/2017

MINIM UK

The MINIM-UK project is supporting new recordings of historic instruments which will feature on the resource. A recent session featured fine examples from the Royal Academy of Music Museum. Among the instruments recorded were the 'Habeneck' violin by Antonio Stradivari, a 1695 cello by Francesco Rugeri, and a bassoon by William Milhouse made c.1824.

Many thanks to the performers, engineers, and staff at the Royal Academy of Music for their support with the session.

Harold Steafel paid incredible attention to detail when making these miniature musical instruments, on display in the mu...
04/08/2017

Harold Steafel paid incredible attention to detail when making these miniature musical instruments, on display in the museum for a short time only. They are actually 1/5th size working replicas - the harp even comes with a tiny tuning key.

Congratulations to all our Graduands,  Class of 2017! Below is the class of 1991 the first year of the fully accredited ...
05/07/2017

Congratulations to all our Graduands, Class of 2017!
Below is the class of 1991 the first year of the fully accredited degree in Performance Studies

04/07/2017

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Royal Academy of Music
29/06/2017

Royal Academy of Music

Are you having withdrawal symptoms from the Piano Festival? Have no fear – BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting last night's final concert tonight at 7.30pm. Tune in here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08vylf3. And in case you missed it, here is the piano typewriter – a brilliant invention by Vasilis Alevizos and Central St Martins artists.

Did you know that the Royal Academy of Music admitted female students since its doors opened in 1822? You can view all t...
25/06/2017

Did you know that the Royal Academy of Music admitted female students since its doors opened in 1822?

You can view all the Museum’s collections online and find out dates students studied here.

The clipping shows a female student receiving her prize in 1861

http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum/collections/collection-search

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Yehudi Menuhin’s travel clock is one of many items in our collection belonging to the famous violinist. He did a lot of ...
24/06/2017

Yehudi Menuhin’s travel clock is one of many items in our collection belonging to the famous violinist.

He did a lot of travelling and kept many items in his violin case, including family photographs, sound therapy and around 10 combs!

http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum/item/11711

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Pop along to our current temporary exhibition ‘The Spencer Collection: A Musical Banquet’ to see Margaret Board’s Lute T...
23/06/2017

Pop along to our current temporary exhibition ‘The Spencer Collection: A Musical Banquet’ to see Margaret Board’s Lute Tutor book which dates from around 1630.

It shows one of only 2 surviving examples of the English Renaissance composer, lutenist and singer John Dowland’s handwriting.

Margaret had lessons on the lute from John Dowland at the family's London home

http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum/item/18212

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A violin made by Antonio Stradivari known as the Viotti ex-Bruce, 1709. Giovanni Battista Viotti was Marie Antoinette Qu...
22/06/2017

A violin made by Antonio Stradivari known as the Viotti ex-Bruce, 1709. Giovanni Battista Viotti was Marie Antoinette Queen of France’s personal violinist. This violin is said to be given to Viotti by Queen Catherine the Great of Russia in 1781.

http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum/item/23629

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Harriet Cohen, CBE (1895-1967) was a well-known British pianist. She won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of ...
21/06/2017

Harriet Cohen, CBE (1895-1967) was a well-known British pianist.

She won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in 1913.

She became particularly associated with contemporary British music, giving the world premiere of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Piano Concerto and recording Edward Elgar’s Piano Quintet. Composers such as Béla Bartók, Ernest Bloch and Arnold Bax wrote music specifically for her

http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum/item/15986

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Back in 1988 Royal Academy of Music students found a sporting way to raise money for the refurbishment of the Duke’s Hal...
20/06/2017

Back in 1988 Royal Academy of Music students found a sporting way to raise money for the refurbishment of the Duke’s Hall... a sponsored Ten Mile Run. Here they are getting ready to go!

http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum/item/23707

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On display in our current temporary exhibition ‘The Spencer Collection: A Musical Banquet’ you can see the engraved plat...
19/06/2017

On display in our current temporary exhibition ‘The Spencer Collection: A Musical Banquet’ you can see the engraved plate of Westminster Abbey Hall showing the Coronation banquet for James II and Mary of Modena.

This is from Francis Sandford's 'History of the Coronation of James II and Queen Mary', published 1687

http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum/item/21551

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We are very excited to launch our Summer Visitor Survey 2017!We are asking all our visitors what you think, as a small M...
14/06/2017

We are very excited to launch our Summer Visitor Survey 2017!

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05/06/2017
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Have you ever wondered what a piccolo violin sounds like? The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's Huw Daniel introduces this interesting instrument.
Come and see our piccolo violin in the Strings Gallery made in 1725 by John Barrett - http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum/item/25351

How about some Friday fun with the piccolo violin?
Huw Daniel introduces the violin's 'slightly more shrill' younger sibling.

Royal Academy of Music
27/05/2017
Royal Academy of Music

Royal Academy of Music

This year's Piano Festival begins in exactly a month's time, on 26 June. Curated by our Head of Piano Joanna MacGregor, it has a Beethoven theme, with students performing the complete 32 Sonatas and Joanna MacGregor in conversation with Alfred Brendel about the composer. There are exciting collaborations with dancers and film makers as well as new music, and all events are free. Browse the programme and put some dates in your diary!

http://bit.ly/2rYbuXW

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Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5HT

Opening Hours

Monday 11:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 11:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 11:30 - 17:30
Thursday 11:30 - 17:30
Friday 11:30 - 17:30
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

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