Museum of Instruments

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Royal College of Music Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2BS†
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The RCM Museum of Instruments was started in 1894 with a donation from Sir George Donaldson.
Today it features over six hundred instruments, some of which date from 1480.

There are many exhibits including the Donaldson, Tagore, Hipkins, Ridley and Hartley Collections. You will be able to see a spinet used by Handel and a clavichord once owned by Haydn.


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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

South Kensington Tube Station
7 minutes walk
Gloucester Road Tube Station
8 minutes walk
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

West Brompton Overground Station
22 minutes walk
Paddington Railway Station
24 minutes walk
Car Parks

Car Parks

Union Car Parks
5 minutes walk
Q-Park Kingston House
6 minutes walk

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