The Royal College of Music Museum maintains one of the richest and most relevant collections of music-related objects in the UK and Europe. Standing in excess of 25,000 items, it represents a range of music-making activities over a period of more than five centuries.
The Museum building is undergoing an exciting redevelopment and is closed to visitors during construction work. However, you can still access many of our treasures through our online catalogue and digital exhibitions.
The Museum was founded in 1892 and we now preserve a vast range of instruments, portraits, engravings, sculptures and photographs, which offer unique insights into musical practices across the ages. Music in London in the 18th and 19th centuries is particularly well represented, including examples from private performances and music for the stage.
Highlights from the collection include the earliest known guitar in the world, the earliest stringed keyboard instrument and the best known portraits of Joseph Haydn and Farinelli.