On display are some 50 of the world's most important and best-preserved early keyboard instruments: harpsichords, virginals, spinets, organs and fortepianos from the period of their first construction to around 1840, many in playing order, and a display of harps, lutes, citterns and guitars. The auditorium at St Cecilia's Hall which dates from 1763 is the oldest concert hall in Scotland, and the second oldest in Britain.
Audio guides are available on request in the galleries - hear the sounds of many of the instruments you see on your visit
Postcards, publications, and recordings are on sale.
The Museum is open to the public twice weekly:
Saturday 14:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00
Except in the weeks of Christmas and New Year: closed 25 December 2013, reopening to be announced.
The Museum is additionally open to the public for the period of the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals (1 - 31 August 2013):
Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 - 16:30
There is no charge for entry.
Access: Enter from the Cowgate. A ramp is provided at the entrance, assistance is available if required. Once past the entrance, there is a lift to the museum galleries.
Car parking can available by prior arrangement for visitors with registered disability badges. Please contact the museum staff in advance.
This article was published on Apr 3, 2013