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“Music museum, with composers' instruments and student performers” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ringve Museum

Ringve Museum
Lade Alle 60, Trondheim 7041, Norway
73 87 02 80
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Ranked #2 of 42 Attractions in Trondheim
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Ringve is a specialized museum dedicated to music and musical instruments. During the summer season musical guides take you through music history with live demonstrations of historical instruments. Ringve is a country estate with buildings from the 1700s, 1800s and the 1900s. The museum is surrounded by botanical gardens.
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“Music museum, with composers' instruments and student performers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Trondheim has relatively few tourist attractions, but the Ringve Museum should be better-known. Located on a Victorian estate, surrounded by lush gardens, it provides an excellent, personalized view of the history of western music. Most of the tour guides seem to be accomplished musicians and play many of the instruments on display----come of which belonged to composers like Chopin and Beethoven. I was with some 13 and 14 year old cousins, and even they were interested in the museum. The Ringve Museum should be a "must see' for visitors to Trondheim

Visited April 2011
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“Ringve Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

Norway`s national museum for music.
Guides take you round the museum and play some of the instruments.In another part of the museum you can see how musical instruments have developed and hear the sounds of many of them. There are some weird instruments there,among them a drum made from the skull of a Tibetan monk, and several juke-boxes.
There is alsona very nice little restaurant there.
The museum is situated on an old manor farm, in the botanical garden of Trondheim.
Spring / summer is the best time to visit.

Visited August 2011
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“Surprisingly good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

I had a visitor from a foreign country, and my visitor is the curator of a big museum and very interested in music as well. I brought him around many of The Trondheim attractions, and also Ringve Museum.

We had a personal, guided tour and my guest was very, very impressed. He has been visiting museums all over the world for decades, and he just could not believe what he found at Ringve. He said that he was very surprised that this was not a very well known museum, and that he would advice others to go here if they have the possibility. Well, I have no more to say myself. It's the classic syndrome, those who live in the area just don't appreciate the qualities of things in the vincinity.

Beware that some of the buildings are old, with limited acces while the newest building is very modern and has a modern approach to its exhibition as well.

Visited January 2011
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“Brings the development of musical instruments alive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

The guide plays some of the instruments and is able to answer many questions. This, and the audio guide for the barn, gives a good understanding of how musical instruments have developed over centuries in various communities, particularly in Europe but also more generally around the world. You can hear many of the instruments live or recorded, and the collection includes folk instruments and more recent electronic instruments as well as the usual classical suspects... This museum is excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Visited September 2011
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“A great museum where the music is alive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

This old manor contains a unique collection of musical instruments. The guided tours are really interesting, and the guides play on the instruments as well as telling little stories about them. There’s a collection of both old and some newer instruments, and also some peculiar pieces of instruments (like the world’s smallest violin and musical toilet paper). In what used to be the barn there’s a collection of instruments from all over the world. There's also one tour for children, especially designed to make the museum interesting for them (in the end they’re supposed to find a “treasure”). There are also other activities for children. Our kids loved it! The place is full of history, as it’s also the childhood home of the national hero of wars Peter Wessel Tordenskjold. After having seen what’s to see inside the buildings, you can walk around in the botanical gardens that surround the buildings. If you visit Trondheim, you don’t want to miss this lively museum!

Visited August 2011
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