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Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

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Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments ranks among the world’s most important collections of musical heritage.
All the main types or musical sound-making device are represented, and are presented to the public in two museums. The c. 4000 objects in the permanent collection constitute a rich research resource of both breadth and depth, and include many historically typical models of musical instrument spanning over 500 years together with prized rare and unique items.

Everyone is welcome at the Musical Instrument Museums! Whether a school group, musical enthusiasts, an adult social group or visitors just curious about what there is to see in Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments offers a unique experience in Scotland.


We have recently launched an exciting and new educational webpage called Musical Instruments At Your Fingertips:

Here you will find an interesting and diverse range of instruments from Edinburgh University’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. You can discover a world of musical sound and learn about musical instruments.

You will also find a range of opportunities and resources to help teach across the curriculum.

You can also create your own project and use the information to find out about our collection of musical instruments.

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  • Many thanks Lorna, I hope you will find our webpage useful and any further questions please feel free to contact us.

  • Hi from Aberdeenshire Youth Music Forum (aymf) Network group! I just checked out your site when your posting appeared and it looks like an excellent facility. The ’sound lab’ sounds are very good – will browse further later.
    If you would like to join our group, and you are very welcome to, then you can post&email info to the members. Meantime I will send them your current posting. regards, Lorna

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