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.
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