In a city filled with history, people may overlook a museum of musical instruments, even though many of its items are older than wars and walls. However, the Musikinstrumenten Museum is still very much worth a visit. The museum holds a large collection of various classical and contemporary instruments. Upstairs, the ‘Good Vibrations’ exhibition focuses on technology’s role in music from 1863 – 2005, adding another layer to the museum’s focus.
The instruments are certainly worth seeing. Each has its own intricate carvings, shapes, and painted decorations. One piano’s lid features a traditional Chinese scene. All the instruments are in beautiful condition though the chipped mouthpiece of one recorder did make me wonder if children’s tendency to chew their recorders during class dates back further than my own school days. A radio is available which contains recordings of the instruments, adding an interesting dynamic to the display.
A significant downside to this museum is that no information is given about the instruments’ history. Only the information boards of the ‘Good Vibrations’ exhibit have English translations. However if your German is better than mine, you can buy books about the instruments at the desk.
People interested in research may find the museum disappointing but if you enjoy musical instruments themselves it is very much worth a visit.
Address: Tiergartenstraβe, 10785, Berlin.
Transport: S-bahn Potsdamer Platz Bahnof. Bus 190, EV.
Opening hours: Closed Monday, 9:00-17:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00-20:00 Thursday, 10:00-17:00 Saturday and Sunday.
Contact: 03025 481178.
Cost: €6 entry fee.