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Royal Academy of Music Museum

Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT, England
+44 20 7873 7373
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Open Monday to Friday 11.30am-5.30pm and Saturday 12-4pm, closed Sunday, public holidays and the month of December. Experience centuries of creativity and craftsmanship, with fine instruments and objects that have inspired music-making from the 16th century to the present day. The Royal Academy of Music is the oldest conservatoire in Britain.Your musical tour begins with our 'History of the Academy' display. Through our Timeline you can discover highlights of the Academy's story in relation to British and world events across two hundred years. A wide range of display items includes the original score of Gilbert and Sullivan's famous operetta 'The Mikado'; letters by Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt; a photograph from an Academy fun run; and a backstage pass for alumnus Sir Elton John's performance at Radio City Music Hall. The Strings Gallery exhibits some of the most exquisite and diverse string instruments in the Academy's collections, including by the famous Antonio Stradivari. Instrument displays are interspersed with rare archive material of prints, images and scores, illustrating the instruments in performance and animating the people associated with them. Upon reaching the Piano Gallery, ask a Gallery Assistant for a demonstration of the instruments. Learn about the creative relationships between players, composers and instrument makers, as well as the technical development of the keyboard instrument. All pianos are kept in playing condition and are used for staff demonstrations, research and special events. Alongside the permanent galleries the Museum presents an annually changing temporary exhibition, regular lecture-recitals and workshops.
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Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great little museum! And it's free. Being a musician I found it fascinating and loved looking at all the instruments. Grateful that a helpful student was on hand to play the pianos so I could hear them too.

Thank Kayarejay
Reviewed April 16, 2017

We got off the bus by Mme Tussauds. The pavement was awash with crowds, tour guides with flags, and security personnel. I cannot imagine that any of them enjoyed the crowded attraction as much as we did the nearby Royal Academy Museum, where there were...More

1  Thank Millie024
Reviewed March 3, 2017

We all play a musical instrument at home, so this was a nice visit. Nice atmosphere and beautiful entrance.

Thank NoeB1
Reviewed February 22, 2017

We have walked past countless times and decided to go in and take a look. Temporary exhibit on first floor was interesting and time line on the wall put events into perspective. Top floor exhibit on pianos was made more interesting by a very knowledgeable...More

Thank rprwilton
Reviewed February 16, 2017 via mobile

Given the price of some attractions (and the length of the queues for them) the RAM's music museum is a lovely antidote to all that commercialism. Ranged over three floors, you can see the development of musical instruments and learn about the RAM itself. It's...More

Thank mike_registrar
Reviewed November 1, 2016

Whether you play an instrument or enjoy listing to music, you'll enjoy visiting this museum. It may not have a large collection of musical instruments on display, but those that you'll see have easily read explanations with interesting historical information. Try to go when the...More

Thank admybf
Reviewed April 22, 2016

I am interested in music and instruments but this museum did not really interest me. There was a very small exhibition about Yehudi Menuhin but it was not very informative. The first floor contained a few string instruments and the second floor was not open...More

Thank Madeleine S
Flic M, Marketing Co-ordinator at Royal Academy of Music Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2016

Dear Madeleine, Thank you for your review. We value our visitors’ feedback. As a working University Museum our galleries are often used for classes and events. The Piano Gallery was closed on the day you visited as we were hosting a conference on the ‘Historical...More

Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Couldn't believe that the museum was free !? This is situated about 100yards next to Madame Tussaud's London. Staff very friendly. It is only small however a must for musical adults and teenagers. 3 floors to wonder around and a lovely building. One floor for...More

2  Thank Sue T
Reviewed January 13, 2016

RAM is online and almost daily provides no ticket high quality music by their gifted and hard working students. There is also an excellent refectory for refreshments. There are also ticketed events mainly in the evening and at weekends. You will not be disappointed.

1  Thank Richard S
Reviewed November 2, 2015

I found this museum by accident! I was walking pass and took a double-take! I checked the opening times and thought I could do a quick visit before closing time. It's a wonderful place if you're a musician - or not!, There are three permanent...More

Thank Angela R
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