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London’s Newest Museum Open to Public at Royal College of Music

New attraction opens after pandemic disrupted its planned opening
By News Team
Published on October 11, 2021

RCM Museum PHOTO: PHIL ROWLEY

London’s newest museum has opened to the public after being kept under wraps for over a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The highly anticipated Royal College of Music Museum, open to the public since October 5 2021, offers visitors the unique opportunity to interact with over 500 years of musical history. Items on permanent display include the world’s oldest guitar and earliest keyboard instrument with strings, along with 56 other fascinating instruments specially chosen from the Royal College of Music’s designated collection of over 15,000 items to bring musical history to life.

The Royal College of Music Museum is intended as an interactive experience, with regular performances by RCM musicians and the opportunity for visitors to create their own music in the Weston Discovery Centre. As well as musical instruments, the Museum tells its story through art, including an iconic portrait of Farinelli and a remarkable Tischbein featuring an instrument from the collection displayed alongside. A series of portraits by celebrated German artist Milein Cosman will be on display to the public for the first time in the Lavery Gallery, featuring intimate sketches of RCM alumni Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Imogen Holst and Amaryllis Fleming, alongside many other composers and musicians.

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