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RCM Museum

Explore the musical treasures of London’s newest Museum

The Royal College of Music Museum contains the earliest known guitar, the earliest stringed keyboard instrument and the most recognised portraits of Joseph Haydn and Farinelli. Learn about these and 56 other fascinating instruments specially chosen from the RCM’s designated collection of over 15,000 items.

Following a £3.6million investment from Heritage Lottery Fund, the Museum has undergone a complete redevelopment and opened to the public in October 2021.

Book a slot to visit the Museum

Temporary exhibition: Hidden Treasures of the RCM Collections

Discover unique treasures from the RCM Museum and Library collections. Featuring long unseen artworks, historic manuscripts, and unusual and ingenious musical instruments, this exhibition shares rarely seen objects and stories hand-picked from the thousands of objects and stories from the RCM's internationally outstanding collections.

23 January - 15 April 2022

Book a slot for Hidden Treasures

Ways to experience the Museum

RCM Chamber - Music in the Museum

Every Friday at 12.30pm, enjoy polished performances amongst a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

Book a ticket to a concert

Guided tour

Enjoy a free guided tour of the RCM Museum every Wednesday at 12.30pm led by Curator Professor Gabriele Rossi Rognoni.

Guided tours have been suspended to safeguard the health of our visitors and staff. Please check our website for regular updates.

Book a guided tour for February-April

Group bookings (6+ people)

We would love to welcome your group of 6 or more people.

Group bookings (self-guided)

Please email museum.info@rcm.ac.uk.

Group bookings with a 30-minute guided tour

The Museum have a non-refundable fee of £5 per person and this includes a 30-45 minute guided tour. Please email museum.info@rcm.ac.uk.

Royal College of Music Museum

Interview with Matthew Lomax, graduate composer

Interview with Matthew Lomax, graduate composer

Royal College of Music Museum

Opening hours

Royal College of Music Museum

  • Tuesday–Friday: 10.15am–5.45pm (last entry 5.15pm)
  • Saturday–Sunday: 11am–6pm (last entry 5.30pm). During the weekend the Museum closes for lunch between 1pm and 2pm.
  • Closed on Mondays.

Contact the Museum

If you have any queries about the Royal College of Music Museum please feel free to get in contact with us.

RCM Museum

General enquiries

+44 (0)20 7591 4346

museum@rcm.ac.uk

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