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St Cecilia's Hall & Music Museum

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The lovely Ursula and I visited this amazing museum while in Edinburgh. I’ve never seen such a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Cork, Ireland
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Insightful and fascinating free exhibition

I loved being able to see the history of musical instruments at St Cecilia’s Hall. The collection... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
Siobhan J
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St Cecilia's Hall is Scotland's oldest purpose-built concert hall. Originally built by the Edinburgh Musical Society in 1762, the Georgian venue is a real hidden gem, tucked away in the heart of Edinburgh's Cowgate. Having undergone a £6.5million...more
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50 Niddry Street | Dinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 650 2600
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Staff were very welcoming when we arrived and advised us of the best route around the museum. The ground floor is very family friendly, with drawers of instruments to pull out at child level so my son could see from his pram. Everything on ground...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The lovely Ursula and I visited this amazing museum while in Edinburgh. I’ve never seen such a wonderful array of fascinating instruments of all descriptions, some of which I never even heard of! The pianos and harpsichords are gorgeous and go right back to 1600s....More

1  Thank Bandy1954
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

I loved being able to see the history of musical instruments at St Cecilia’s Hall. The collection of instruments they have is impressive and date back very far. Musicians and music enthusiasts check out this free exhibition!

1  Thank Siobhan J
Reviewed 2 October 2018

A group of us visited as part of the Doors Open day. I had no idea the place existed. A wonderful array of musical instruments throughout the world and throughout the ages. There was also a musician playing throughout the day. I could have just...More

1  Thank KWells2014
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Beautifully restored by the University of Edinburgh, this is a 'must-see' attraction. Situated at the corner of Niddry Street and the Cowgate, it's not in the most attractive of surroundings but when you step inside it's like going back in time. The museum pieces are...More

1  Thank Michael G
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous museum, and free of charge. The number of instruments on display is amazing and everyone is described. A lot of things I had never heard of - the Serpent is incredible. There was a rehearsal going on too which was a lovely...More

1  Thank Lynda S
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

It’s amazing this museum doesn’t have an entry free- as a music student I felt very privileged to see the collection and development of instruments.

1  Thank Madeline A
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We stumbled upon this treasure and enjoyed first of all conversation (and spontaneous musical demonstrations!) with an incredibly knowledgeable staff person and then the chance to sit on the steps in a hall and eavesdrop on the rehearsal for a beautiful early music voice concert....More

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Reviewed 17 July 2018

Very quiet, free musical instrument museum. Since we are a big music fan, we stopped by. Big collections of harpsichord.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

This museum, which is part of the University of Edinburgh, had a rather remarkable collection of mostly older (but some newer) musical instruments. Some of these like the Contrabass Serpent from 1840 and the single key harpsichord (1793) were absolutely stunning in appearance. There is...More

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Reviewed 2 February 2018

Visited this museum again today with some friends.....went back three months after my first visit as could not believe my eyes (or ears)..the instruments are various and quite beautifully presented...immaculate setting with extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. It’s a musicians dreamworld of craftsmanship and instrument...More

2  Thank Brian J
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