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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South Kensington Tube Station
 
7 minutes walk
 
Gloucester Road Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
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Paddington Railway Station
 
24 minutes walk
 
 
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Union Car Parks
 
5 minutes walk
 
Royal Garden Hotel NCP
 
11 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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