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Bate Collection
Oxford University Faculty of Music | St. Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB, England
44-1865-276139
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Ranked #56 of 99 attractions in Oxford
Type: Specialty Museums
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Owner description: For music-lovers everywhere: this specialty museum houses a fine collection of historical woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, plus more than one dozen historical keyboard instruments and a complete bow-maker's workshop.
Otterbach, Germany
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49 reviews 49 reviews
44 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Amazing collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you have a knowledge of musical instruments, this museum is a must!! There isn't much in the was of explanations, so it's best if you know what you're looking at. There are excellent recordings of some of the instruments. The collection is crammed into a tiny space, but there are so many examples of musical instruments! The staff (just the one guy!) was very friendly, and even took the time to stop and explain some things to people. They have instruments out that you can try, which was unbelievable. I got to play a Serpent and a Crumhorn. If you don't know what those are, this museum will probably not hold much interest for you. But if you do, go try it out for yourself. Amazing experience!

Visited July 2013
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crewe
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“remarkable collection well presented”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

This tiny museum next door to Christ Church College is obviously of interest only to a minority, but if the history of musical instruments appeals then this museum is an absolute must. Not only is the collection excellent but the recorded snippets are entertaining. Our thanks to the volunteer who spends his days there.

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“a delight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We went to discover more about my mum's old flute...I was really worried the children would be bored and annoy people.... well this place was a shock, hands on, stimulating, welcoming, everything a museum should be. Well done to the staff.... an inspiring musical experience! It's quirky but perfect....

Visited February 2013
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Oxford
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38 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

If you're interested in musical instruments make sure you plan a visit to this collection. Opening times can be obtained from the Tourist Information Office in Broad Street.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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“a stunning collection of musical instruments”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Anyone with an interest in musical instruments will love this collection. Displayed in quite a small building, so a little cramped, the sheer number of instruments packed into the display cases is amazing. So is the variety of the types of instrument and there will probably be one you have never seen before. I visited on a quiet afternoon, spending about an hour looking around. Some of the instruments are quite historic and the staff are very knowledgeable. Entrance is free.

Visited November 2012
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