Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments at the University of Edinburgh

A plae brick Victorian building
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On display are 1000 items including stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments from Britain, Europe and from distant lands. The instrumental history of the Orchestra, the Wind Band, Theatre, Dance, Popular Music, Parlour Music, Brass Bands, etc. is exemplified by the instruments on display, which include many beautiful examples of the instrument-maker's art over the past 400 years.
(Please note that our plucked string instruments (harps, lutes, guitars, etc) are now displayed at St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments).

The Collection is housed in purpose-built galleries of 1859 in the Reid Concert Hall at the south-west corner of Bristo Square, Teviot Place, Edinburgh.

The museum retains a Victorian atmosphere, and gives a feeling of discovery as one explores its crowded 1859 showcases. Perform your own experiments in The Sound Laboratory interactive exploration area.

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Opening hours

The Museum is open to the public twice weekly:
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00
Except in the weeks of Christmas and New Year

Admission charges


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Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments at the University of Edinburgh
Reid Concert Hall
Bristo Square


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