Royal College of Music Museum of Instruments - Currently Closed

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Exciting developments!

The Royal College of Music has exciting plans to redevelop its building in the heart of London's South Kensington! The More Music campaign includes new performance spaces, practice rooms, a café, and a brand new, fully accessible Museum at the heart of the RCM!

In order for this to happen, our museum closed on 11 December 2015 and will reopen in 2019. During this time, the collections will be moved to an offsite storage space and will no longer be accessible to the public in the way they are now.

What we will be doing

We will be busy carrying out extensive conservation on over 500 of our instruments, digitising a lot of our collection and making it available online. We will also be doing a number of outreach activities with schools and community groups, as well as curating temporary and pop-up exhibitions! We will welcome two new members of staff, a Conservator and a Research Assistant, and run an intense programme of training, volunteering and internships.

What this means for our visitors, and how you can be involved

Although we will not have a physical gallery for a while, we have been working hard to provide you with lots of ways to access our collections digitally, including through Google Cultural Institute. To find out more, please visit our website:

Over the course of the next few years, the museum will be recruiting volunteers to help us carry out conservation, digitisation, outreach, learning and engagement. To receive information about our volunteering opportunities and updates on our progress please join our mailing list! Contact Erin McHugh ( to subscribe.

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Opening hours

Closed until 2019

Admission charges

Closed until 2019

The Museum houses an internationally renowned collection of 800 instruments and accessories from c.1480 to the present (700 European, keyboard, stringed and wind; 100 Asian and African).

Gifts since the foundation of the College in 1883 include important collections from the Rajah S.M.Tagore (1884), the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII (1886), Sir George Donaldson (1894), A.J.Hipkins (1911), E.A.K.Ridley (1968), Geoffrey Hartley (1985), Crispian Steele Perkins (2003) and Freddy Hill (2005). The collection was re-housed in a new museum in 1970, made possible by the generosity of Trusts and donors.

The Museum is now part of the RCM's Centre for Performance History, formed in 2004. Other areas of the centre include collections of oil paintings, prints, photographs, concert programmes and other paper-based material.

Collection details


Royal College of Music Museum of Instruments - Currently Closed
Prince Consort Road
Greater London




020 7591 4346


020 7589 7740

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