Throughout the ages, people have loved music and created a variety of musical instruments. In 1888, the Museum "Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments" was founded in Germany, the purpose of which was to create a collection of unique instruments of the past centuries. Today it is called the Musical Instrument Museum and is located near the Berlin Philharmonic in the central district of Berlin.
Exhibits of the Museum of Musical Instruments
The museum has collected over 800 exhibits from all over the world. Each of them not only represents a rare value, but also has its own history associated with famous historical figures.
The main attraction of the exposition is the collection of harpsichords and spinets. Among them there is a harpsichord, played by the favorite of Queen Marie Antoinette Yolanda de Polignac, as well as an instrument that was a constant companion of the Prussian king Frederick the Great on campaigns. Friedrich played the transverse flute, and on this harpsichord he was accompanied by a musician who accompanied him.
The museum features a bass clarinet created by Mozart and Stadler. For its time, he was a unique development that allowed him to give solo performances.
Visitors can also see the famous violins of Steiner, Stradivari and other renowned masters, as well as flutes and instruments for travelers.
The Museum of Musical Instruments is often called "living". This is due to the fact that concerts are held within its walls, and professional musicians play these ancient instruments. The real admiration is that they all still sound good despite the years and centuries that have passed.
One of the main, especially interesting exhibits is the wurlitzer organ, which replaces an entire orchestra. The instrument allows you not only to play melodies, but also create noise effects like modern synthesizers. It was created for the soundtrack of silent films and has enjoyed great popularity in the past. Visitors can watch and hear how a musician plays this organ and appreciate the sound quality. In a separate room, everyone can try to play the instruments specially prepared for this.
The museum is located at Ben-Gurion-Straße, 10785 Berlin, Germany.
Open to visitors from 9:00 to 17:00 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday), from 9:00 to 22:00 (Thursday) and from 10:00 to 17:00 (Saturday and Sunday).
Ticket price: 4 euros.