The Collection

The museum owns nearly 5000 European and non-European musical instruments, an iconographic collection, as well as a collection of historic sound storage mediums, including approximately 3500 piano rolls for player pianos and numerous graphemes. Part of the collection has been recorded in detailed catalogues, some of which are available online (see German website). Additionally, numerous audio examples are available. These recordings document the sound of historic instruments while providing valuable insights into current knowledge of historic performance practice.