Museo del Violino

Museo del Violino, Cremona: Hours, Address, Museo del Violino Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo del Violino
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari based in Cremona, is dedicated to cremonese luthery of all time. At the same time it is a Museum, an Auditorium and a Research Centre about antique and modern luthery. It promotes the International "Triennale" competition of Violin Making Antonio Stradivari
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D3bsa
United States86 contributions
Couples
Who would have thought that a museum full of ‘dusty old violins’ could be so interesting!? We travelled to Cremona so I could fulfill a long-held ambition to see a Stradivavius violin in real life. I wasn’t expecting much from the museum.

But...we were totally blown away by this amazing facility. The interactive media presentations before and after the ‘main event’ of feasting your eyes on these incredible works of art and craftsmanship were all very engaging.

Our experience was helped by the fact that there were maybe only 6 other visitors in the place on the day we went. Tip: go now, while tourist numbers are generally low due to Covid-19 and go to the museum when it opens at 11:00.

The ‘treasure room’ contains the museum’s collection of Amati, Guarneri, and Stradivari violins, violas, etc. We were actually the only people in the room during our viewing, so we could spend as long as we liked with our noses practically pressed agains the cases. A knowledgeable security guard was happy to answer my host of questions.

In addition to the their Old Masters, the museum also houses many other violins from the 18th C to the modern day. Currently there is a small exhibition of Old Master violins on loan from the US National Music Museum in South Dakota (who knew?).

It was a great experience and very worthwhile if you are at all interested in music, instruments or culture in general. You will learn a lot and be totally amazed!
Written September 29, 2020
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Michael V
Chicago, IL96 contributions
Family
This is a museum devoted to what Cremona is legendary for--violins. While it sounds like a niche museum not likely to be interesting to the general public, the truth is quite the contrary. The museum is laid out in several stages including the history of violin-making, a marvelous interactive exhibit that shows in great detail all the steps involved in producing a violin (which allows you to speed up, back up, and turn a violin inside out), a 3-D map of old Cremona showing where the legendary violin-makers' shops were, recent efforts to sustain the violin-making art, and examples of current violins. But the two best parts are the "treasure chest", where some of the finest Stradivarius, Amati, and Guarneri instruments in the world are on display, and the audio chamber where you can hear master violinists play classical pieces on these treasured violins.
Written September 18, 2014
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD11,672 contributions
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The Violin Museum in Cremona just blew us away. It opened in September 2013 and houses an enormous collection of old and some new violins, violinos and violas - beautifully laid out, with a free audio guide - violin music playing everywhere. The museum features 10 rooms starting with the Origin of the Violin all the way to Violins and the movies. You will see the collection of Cremonese instruments made between the 16th and 18th centuries and will probably be as awe struck as we were by each room. You will see violins made by the Amati Family, Rugeri, Stradivari, and the Guarneri family. We wish we had been early enough to see and hear Andrea Mosconi play the violins. He performs the daily ritual of playing the violins to maintain the acoustic qualities of the instruments. Be sure to take the time to go into the wooden, onion-shaped dome and enjoy the music and videos. You will just love this gem of a museum.
Written November 15, 2015
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Richard L
Brussels, Belgium59 contributions
Couples
Cremona's historic centre is as charming as old Italian towns usually are. It's not especially on the tourist beat which for me is an added attraction; (It's not a Florence or Sienna). The Violin Museum is the main attraction and well worth the visit even for non-musicians. IN addition to learning how violins are made, the historic collection of Stradivarius', Guarneri's and others' instruments is breathtaking. The value of these instruments is huge because of their rarity. What makes them unique? There is a great deal of speculation among the experts and no-one really agrees. It's a unique plkace
Written September 16, 2015
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924willemb
Molinella, Italy58 contributions
Friends
I know this collection for more than 30 years and have seen it countless times ,exposed in various spaces. So, I was looking forward to see it again in a new home. What a dissapointment!
After climbing the stairs one comes to a big picture saying something about the development of the bow.
A huge foto shows what I remember as being a Maire-Pajeot bow, mounted with a very rare and unusual mother of pearl covered frog. This is simply being described as a modern bow. Why use such a specimen? Obviously this exhibit is aimed at people that know very little about the subject. Why confuse them?
The ancient instruments from the golden period are now hung in tight display cases,dimly lit by lights, reflected in mirrors, positioned in too steep an angle . This unintelligent method leaves the upper part of the plates in the shade, making it impossible to get a proper view on the instruments. This light also doesn't allow you to get an idea of colour and texture of varnish. Impossible to study details like purfling, chamfers etc. I know that instruments shouldn't be exposed to glaring light all the time,but, you can at least distribute it evenly, or ,put timers on it. It can be done, I have seen it in other museums. To make it even more horrible they put in background music . ...unbelievable ... during my visit , I was forced to listen to the darkest sections of the Berg violin concerto,adding to the sepulchre atmosphere . Why?
Small detail : when entering and leaving this ghost house room, watch your step! There is a nasty, hardly visible and unmarked difference in hight.
After this experience one gets to the collection of Strad's templates, drawings and some tools. In the new display, only a fraction of these are shown in huge plastic and glass ''things'' with drawers. I don't know how to describe them otherwise. One can ask the staff to open the drawers in order to get a quick glance at the contents before they shut them again. It would seem smarter to use the huge,empty glass surfaces to exhibit them. One would actually be able to study them that way. The way one could in the old museum.
After this comes a big, dull space, full of prize winning strung instruments. Winners of the celebrated, local Violin making Competition. A self celebrating venue run by the local instrument makers. A world apart.Mostly forgotten names. In this room the darkness, is helpful. One walks on gray glass floors giving the unpleasant feeling of going on thin ice. Ice perhaps illustrating the familiar sonority of most of the products hanging or standing in the glass cases.
On the way out we had to get around a kind of brown egg with a hole in it . Through this hole one gets insid the egg. I don't know how to describe it better. In there is a big television, showing a sweaty violinist playing something. I guess the local violinmakers like him very much. To dedicate such a big ,expensive egg to him?
So, to give our impression :
10 Euro is a steep entry fee for the contents on display, considering that they already had those. I guess they need a lot of money to pay for all the plastic, glass,mirrors , the egg,and the televisions inside.
Worse is that one gets absolutely irritated for not being able to see anything properly.
A typical example of the modern museum, reeking of obscure money spending and incompetent management.
Written May 9, 2016
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Yana
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Couples
We planned to attend the Violin Museum, but we didn't know that you can also attend the concerts there, we were lucky to listen the performance of young musician from Poland, who was playing the Stradivari Violin from 1718. I should say that without this concert the visit to the museum wouldn't be so complete. The museum itself is very interactive and educative, but the exhibition is not very big. We paid 10 euro per person for the concert and 10 euro per person for the museum ticket.
Written February 22, 2016
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Nondimeno
London12 contributions
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This spacious and imaginative museum harbours a rich collection of beautiful old violins - the earliest examples of this violin-makers' craft, the lutes, violas, violins and cellos first designed and produced by the Amati, Guarneri and Stradivari families. All this is illustrated by expertly created graphics, visual and oral aids. If you are lucky, you will be treated to a live musician in the violin-shaped theatre playing one of the antique violins (almost every one is known by its own nickname). As a translator, I particularly liked the illustrations of the craft with the technical names of each component of the violin in Italian and English. The one thing that would have made the experience complete would have been to invite one of the over 100 violin-makers in the city to demonstrate his skills there, so that visitors could touch the beautiful woods and smell the products and varnishes used.
Written January 31, 2016
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davidmillman
Saint Simons Island, GA47 contributions
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Our tour of the Museo del Violino was inspirational. The display of handcrafted works of art by Amati, Guarneri and Stradivarius was superb. Multi-media displays also provided a thorough explanations of the history and crafting of these stringed instruments. The guards made a point of answering every tourist's questions. If We missed the musical demonstrations, however the museum has a room dedicated to music listeners. In the middle of the room is a giant curved wooden structure with one entrance. Inside is black cushioned seating around the perimeter and in the center. At any given moment, one can hear a recorded violin composition played by a virtuoso in surround sound. Acoustically you are inside a violin. There is also a great cafe on the first floor where you can enjoy more music with beverage and food.
Written December 18, 2015
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FloraPapini
Frascati, Italy55 contributions
Friends
A museum for everyone -- musicians, music lovers, classical music haters -- believe it or not, it appeals way beyond just the violin. Displays are informative, rainging from the simple to the more complex elements involved in the violin making process. Besides the esthetic, there's also all the technical and scientific side that appeals to the non musical. Frequent concerts in the auditorium as well as a fab video show.
Written December 17, 2015
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John M
Santa Cruz, CA4,368 contributions
Couples
This museum is very well done, and I have only a passing interest in musical instruments, and even less in violin music. I loved this place, and if you like anything about violins, then be prepared to be amazed!
Written November 25, 2015
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  • Wed - Fri 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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