If you are interested in musical period instruments and music mss don't miss this collection housed in a 1504 meat hall where the city butchers had their stalls and where even the exterior had a streaky bacon look. Here is the organ Saint Seans played on in Paris, later rebuilt in Antwerp, a glasharp made from glass goblets, the 1751 municipal clarion with 6 bells, the cryter or pocket violin carried by the dancing master, and the great Storm Bell used in emergencies together with numerous wind and string instruments and much more. There are Mss of early music, including opera, and one sheet which was used as an envelope by the famous Antwerp printers, Plantin Moretus (their museum another must). Downstairs you will find recreated a metal workshop for making wind and brass instruments, some in the process of production, and another work place showing how bells were made and cast. The modest entrance fee gives a morning of sheer pleasure. We needed 2 hours and still did not absorb everything but much will depend on your level of interest.
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