What to see

Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments

See Wind, Bowed and Plucked Stringed and Percussion Instruments from a wide range of periods and places.

On display are nearly 1000 items including stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments from Britain, Europe and from other continents. The instrumental history of the Orchestra, the Wind Band, Theatre, Dance, Popular Music, Brass Bands, etc. is exemplified by the instruments on display, which include many beautiful examples of the instrument-maker's art over the past 400 years.

The museum retains a Victorian atmosphere, and gives a feeling of discovery as one explores its object-rich 1859 showcases.

Sound guides are available on request in the galleries - hear musicians talking about and playing the instruments!

Catalogues, technical drawings and other publications are on sale.

The Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments is a Fully Accredited Museum with Arts Council England, in partnership with Museums Galleries Scotland. Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland.

St Cecilia's Hall Redevelopment Project

St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments

St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments is currently closed for major redevelopment. When it reopens in 2016, we will display around 40 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 about 1840, many in playing order. We will also display many of the instruments which are currently at the Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments.

The auditorium at St Cecilia's Hall, which dates from 1763, is the oldest concert hall in Scotland, and the second oldest in Britain.

St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments is a Fully Accredited Museum with Arts Council England, in partnership with Museums Galleries Scotland. Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland.


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