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Reviewed 13 July 2014

This museum does not get a lot of press and so we expected it to be rather low key. We were delighted that we included it on our ticket as there were harpsichords carved with baroque extravagance, clavichords whose sounding boards extended three feet or more, a weird wind instrument shaped like a snake’s body with a snake’s fangs forming the mouthpiece, brass instruments that were twisted at such odd angles that the sound could easily get plugged up in a crevice, an oversized lyre with two sets of parallel strings, and a jew’s harp with a crudely drawn Star of David in the middle of it. There were incredibly well-preserved musical instruments, including pianos played by Mozart, Beethoven, Clara and Robert Schumann, and Franz Lizst. What a pleasure it was to see and imagine the marvelous sounds that each instrument must have made. What a treat this was.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Situated in Hofburg - so already the setting is brilliant. The same ticket will allow you to enter also the Cultural-hystoric Museum (on the other side of the Ringstrasse) - even if you have enough of museums, do not miss the opportunity to have a coffee and strudl (at a very reasonable price for the location!) in the splendid caffeteria on the 1st floor of that museum :)
To return to the collection of the old music instruments - you do not need to be a music geek to enjoy this interesting journey to the history of (mostly "classical") music instruments, in Vienna itself. You can read many reviewers being sorry for not taking the audio guide - so - DO NOT FORGET to take it (even if you are not encouraged by the interesting man at the reception)! You can hear many of the instruments actually performing in real musical pieces. Also the explanations are interesting enough, and not boring as it often happens with audio guides. We (with my 16 y old son) would like to hear even more of the instruments playing, especially those so much different from these we know today. But there is always opportunity to improve - so far, great job done!
Before leaving - go towards the Ephesus exhibition (in the same building), above it there is a part of the music instruments museum, somehow hidden from the main rooms - you can actually try a few of the instruments (cembalo-like and another relative of the modern piano), sit on a sofa and have a look into some books about the history of the instruments - maybe just to take a rest before your further explorations of Vienna :)

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Reviewed 8 February 2014

The right spot for music geeks. My girlfriend and I had much fun discovering weird ancient musical instruments (some of them so beautiful and inlaid with pearls, gold, silver, family symbols and decorations) - unfortunately we didn't get the audio-guide so we left the sounds up to our imagination (until we got back home and played all the instruments we could remember on YouTube - most of them VERY interesting sounding, some BIZARRE).
For geek couples, definitely give it a go.

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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We had a wonderful time wandering around the instruments, and were lucky enough to talk to an extremely knowledgeable and interested curator about many of them.
We didn't get the audio-guide, which was possibly a mistake as the guide also included examples of many of the instruments being played.
Glorious for anyone interested in the history of classical music, and the development of instruments through the ages, with a particular emphasis on keyboard instruments, and the violin family.

Thank Catherine_RW
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