The collection includes instruments of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods.

There are early keyboards, a bow-maker's workshop, portraits of composers and a specialist library. Many of the instruments are available for visitors to play, either during events or by appointment.

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

Free to all

Faculty of Music, St Aldate's, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1DB

01865 276139


Opening times

Mon – Fri, 2pm – 5pm
Admittance by pre-booked ticket only.

We have carried out a full Covid-19 related risk assessment. We have introduced timed ticketing, bookable on-line only. There are three 45 minute slots available each weekday. There is one ticket available for each slot, which will give admitance to a maximum of three people at any one time. We provide hand sanitiser for use on entry, and ask that all visitors who are able to wear a face covering do so at all times during their visit. Visitors will be asked to check-in using the Covid-19 app, or to provide contact details orally if preferred.

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