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“A unique little museum” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ringve Museum

Ringve Museum
Ranked #7 of 97 things to do in Trondheim
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Ringve is a specialized museum dedicated to music and musical instruments. During the summer season musical guides take you through music history with live demonstrations of historical instruments. Ringve is a country estate with buildings from the 1700s, 1800s and the 1900s. The museum is surrounded by botanical gardens.
Reading, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A unique little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

Ringve almost manages to toe the line that so few music museums succeed at; you actually get to hear some of the old instruments being played. The problem is you can only see these instruments by going on a guided tour; however, the guides are knowledgeable, friendly and talented, and it really is a thrill to hear centuries-old clavichords and clavinovas being played, all kept in good condition. Within the main house tour are some truly unique pieces, but, apart from the instruments that the guides play, there is definitely a look but don't touch policy.

In the rest of the museum there is a rotating exhibition, which at time of visiting was about Chopin and Tellefsen. This relies heavily on your having the time and the legs to stand and watch videos on a touchscreen, most of which were just lifted from a longer documentary.

In the barn area there was a large collection of instruments from all over the world; sadly, almost all of them were behind glass. Interesting to see, and there was detail on the history of them, but instruments are meant to be played, not sit there gathering dust.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Chris R
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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135 attraction reviews
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“Depends on you interests.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

An excellent collection. The guide is not inspiring but tries to demonstrate the main exhibits. However the guide's musical ability is about grade 5 and is not very inspiring for active musicians. However it is well worth a visit. The buildings are a uite interesting and very picturesque.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank PeterReigate
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Iron Mountain, Michigan
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“Interesting for musicians”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

This was an interesting museum, but especially so if one is interested in harpsicords. We had a tour by a Ringve guide. There was much standing (portable stools were offered). The building itself was quite cool as was the weather outside.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank snowshoer811
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Trondheim, Norway
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“Nice museum, excellent waffles”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

The museum is nice but even nicer is the cafe with it's fresh baked waffles. The museum is situated on a small hill and next to the botanical garden which is good for a walk.

Visited February 2014
3 Thank KristinMiles
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London, United Kingdom
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“Well informed and pleasant guide but really a museum for music afficionados only”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

Interesting musical instruments, plus a delightful little room to retreat to and listen to clips of various pieces of music. Set in gardens, largely under refurbishment when we were there. A good shop, cafe and concert hall all set in old farm buildings. Overall, one for afficionados.

Too far to walk from the town centre; be warned, the return bus fare is around £20 for two!

Below the museum is a pretty lake with cafe, pathways etc. worth a detour.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank bestcornishcat
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