Royal College of Music Museum

Free to all

The Royal College of Music Museum preserves more than 14,000 music related items - explore the instruments, manuscripts & even playable exhibits on display.

The Museum Designated collections are formed by over 15,000 items spanning over five centuries, including instruments, paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings. Among them are the world’s earliest surviving guitar (Lisbon, 1581), the oldest stringed keyboard instrument (Ulm, c.1450), and the best known portraits of Joseph Haydn and Farinelli.

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Royal College of Music Museum

Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, Greater London, SW7 2BS
020 7591 4346

Free to all

Opening times

Tuesday to Friday: 10:15am to 17:45 pm (last admission 5:15pm)

Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 6pm (last admission 5:30pm)

Guided Tours: Wednesdays 12.30pm

Museum Concerts: Fridays 12.30pm


The Museum has reopened to the public in October 2021 after a complete redevelopment of its building and displays, generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The new Museum consists of a permanent gallery and a temporary exhibition area, of the Weston Discovery Centre dedicated to hands-on interactives and activities for families and schools, the Urs Reist Learning Area, of a climate-controlled performance space and of the Wolfson Centre in Music and Material Culture which supports research, digitisation and conservation of the collections. 

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