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“Music lovers will love it” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grassimuseum

Johannisplatz 5-11, 04103 Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (Zentrum-Südost)
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Ranked #11 of 71 attractions in Leipzig
Type: Museums
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Bishops Stortford UK
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“Music lovers will love it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We did not expect to spend five hours in the music instrument museum when we turned up - and we did not even visit the other galleries.
The musical instrument museum is quite splendid and was fortunately deserted on our visit. This was a huge advantage because to hear the sound of the displayed instruments you have to use a console sited in each room. The audioguide should really have provided this benefit.
The exhibits are pretty mind-blowing in number and quality - not just the original fortepiano made by Christofiori but five other of his creations. The whole museum is set out more or less in chronological order and traces the history of music making and the development of instruments.
Finally you can spend an hour in the afternoon in the interactive laboratory up stairs (where they had a particularly good special exhibition of Wagner's instrument "inventions".

Visited September 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“the classical instrument exhibit is a must for any music lover”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Nice exhibits, but it was difficult to figure out where to enter the exhibits because the signage was confusing.

Visited June 2013
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“Huge, diverse, magnificent exhibits, really nice shop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

The Grassi incorporates enough exhibits on three floors to keep you going for at least two days. I had just three hours. From the outside, with its lovely courtyards (at the back is an historic cemetery where Richard Wagner's mother and sister Rosalie are buried), you might not grasp the enormity of this place, where for 12 euros you have access to everything. I would have loved to study the ethnographic collections from all over the world, but instead I saw three exhibits: musical instruments of Richard Wagner (with a very helpful English-speaking guide inside who demonstrated and explained everything to me), a 30-room tour-de-force exhibit showing how each era of art influenced the next throughout history (the beauty of this art, especially the medieval sculpture, astounded me), and a large art-deco room in which exhibits on Asian art seemed to segue into stuff shown at international expositions and then modern design of household objects. All of it was amazing; I had to race through the last part before the museum closed, but it could easily have occupied a day just by itself. I highly recommend this museum for whatever amount of time you can devote to it.

Visited May 2013
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“Great collection of Instruments”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

There are three sections in the museum and we only visited the section on Musical Instruments.

As always when visiting a German museum, an audio guide is a must as it provides a fuller view of the exhibits compared to the small summary provided, if any.

We thoroughly enjoyed it. The exhibits are displayed starting from the Reinassance period to the current. Every room had an audio station where you could listen to the sounds of the particular instrument on display.

The only downside was that not all displays are covered in the audio guide and the numbers where everywhere so we had to search high and low for them.

At the end of the tour, you get 30 mins to try out different instruments at the sound lab which was great.

I found it really interesting as I grew up studying music and at the museum I could actually see all the musical instruments that I have heard of but not touched or even seen. My husband even though not having any musical background enjoyed himself as well as there provided a background information and a lot of stories accompanying the exhibits.

Visited November 2012
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“Grassi Museum, great for rainy days”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Grassi Museum is a HUGE museum just outside the Leipzig historic center. It includes a collection of musical instruments and extensive ethnological collections as well as artworks from the Bauhaus and elsewhere. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Visited September 2012
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