A world of music… the world should see

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.

The instruments are supplemented by an archive of original materials, working papers and a sound archive. The Collection as a whole attracts researchers from far and wide and is an extensively cited resource in international scholarship. Instruments are lent from time to time to prestigious exhibitions at home and overseas.