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Musee de la Musique

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Address: In the Cite de la Musique | 221 av. Jean-Jaures, 19e, Paris, France
Phone Number: 01-44-84-44-84
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Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Description: This museum has nearly 1,000 different instruments on display, complete...
This museum has nearly 1,000 different instruments on display, complete with audio commentary.
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Excellent museum for lovers of orchestral music

The audio guide allows you to learn about the history of the orchestra and you can listen to the sounds of unusual and old instruments. There is also a section of music from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

The audio guide allows you to learn about the history of the orchestra and you can listen to the sounds of unusual and old instruments. There is also a section of music from around the world. I was just a little disappointed that I could not listen to steel band music.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

A museum full of musical instruments from different time periods and cultures. An audio guide allows you to listen to the music of the instruments as you look at them. This is an impressive collection not to be missed.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Well, perhaps not... but it was a funky location to see Helene Grimaud and the audience, while not glitzy, was certainly posh. if you like your music, don't limit yourself - check it out! The surrounding area offers nightlife - bars, food and outdoor music.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We had paid to go see the fabulous David Bowie expo at the Philharmonie de Paris and this ticket also allowed us to visit the Musée de la Musique. I wasn’t going to get the audio guide even though it was free because I usually don’t have patience for those things. However, it was highly recommended by staff and I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It was not what we expected, but we liked what was explained about the instruments. However, it looks like they are not yet well organized to attract tourists and visitors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I'm just a "tagger" to a music nerd but I do appreciate seeing beauty and rare and interesting things. While this place was a bit out in the "burbs", it was an easy ride on the Metro. Alight at Porte de Pantin Metro and walk across the square and you are there. There's a huge selection of instruments, audio and... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

If you're studying music, this place is for you. The instruments, of which there are many (!), are organised chronologically, with countless rarities and a great English audio guide to take you through. The octobass is a particular highlight, and I found myself gaping at the beautiful artwork inside the harpsichord lids. Near the end there's a Theremin to play... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

First, this place is huge!! Several floors of unbelievable musical instruments. There are audio guides, one for adults and another for children, with interesting narrations and explanations of the various instruments and clips of music played to illustrate. The metro stop is right outside the museum so not hard to get to at all. My 9 yr. old granddaughter was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Absolutely stunning, unforgettable museum on the history of musical instruments (strings, winds, brass, keyboards, electronics - all of them!). When in Paris, GO THERE! This may well be the most comprehensive museum on musical instruments history on the entire planet. Certainly, I have never even heard of anything that compares to THIS place. Absolutely a MUST-SEE if you're at all... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The instruments are locked behind glass, and nothing is provided to help you appreciate the music made with them. If it were a car museum, the pieces of cars would be exhibited but there would be no complete cars to admire. Really quite uneventful. It's near a nice park for children, a couple of fast food restaurants, and a supermarket... More 

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Address: Address: In the Cite de la Musique | 221 av. Jean-Jaures, 19e, Paris, France
Phone Number: 01-44-84-44-84
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > La Villette
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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La Villette
This futuristic landscape has come to define the northeast of Paris. The Saint-Denis canal is framed with luscious lawns and metallic buildings over a wide-open space. Home to Europe's largest science museum, this area rewards daytime and nighttime explorations; there are three concert spaces, plus cinemas and bars, and even open-air cinema in the summer. The surrounding homes are a sharp contrast to the futuristic space. Though on the outskirts of Paris, La Villette is worth the short Metro ride from the center.
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