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Orgelkonzert im MIM
(c) SPK/photothek.net/Thomas Trutschel
Orgelkonzert im MIM
Eingang des Musikinstrumenten-Museums von der Ben Gurion Straße aus
(c) SIMPK / Christian Elsner
Eingang des Musikinstrumenten-Museums von der Ben Gurion Straße aus
Musikinstrumenten-Museum Innenraum Panorama
(c) Musikinstrumenten-Museum SPK Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Kinder im MIM
(c) SPK/photothek.net/Thomas Trutschel
Kinder im MIM
Ausstellungsraum des MIM
(c) SIMPK / Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Ausstellungsraum des MIM
Musikinstrumenten-Museum, Wurlitzer Orgel
Foto: bbr
Musikinstrumenten-Museum, Eingang
Foto: bbr
Stummfilmnacht im MIM
(c) SIMPK / Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Stummfilmnacht im MIM

The Museum of Musical Instruments of the National Institute for Music Research (Musikinstrumenten-Museum des Staatlichen Instituts für Musikforschung) collects and displays instruments of European art music (“Kunstmusik”) from the 16th century to the present and allows visitors to hear them played in concerts and tours. Roughly 800 of the 3,000 or so instruments drawn from the collection founded in 1888 are on display.

One unique highlight is the Naumburger wind instrument collection, a nearly complete range of instruments originating from a central German city pipers group from 1600. Included in this collection are early harpsichords and spinets, some from the Ruckers family workshop, and the famous Bach cembalo and its replica. Visitors can see a number of delightful items, including stringed instruments from European masters such as Stradivarius, Gagliano, Stainer and Krouchdaler, woodwind instruments from Hotteterre, Denner, Quantz and others, a  portable harpsichord belonging to Queen Sophie-Charlotte of Prussia, transverse flutes belonging to Friedrich II, Carl Maria von Weber's pianoforte, an English church organ from John Gray's workshop and Europe's largest cinema and theatre organ, the four-manual “Mighty Wurlitzer”, which is played regularly in concerts.

Opening hours,

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday-Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday-Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

When visiting the museum, we ask you to observe the current hygiene rules, which you can find on our homepage (www.simpk.de).

  • 24. December 2022 closed
  • 25. December 2022 closed
  • 26. December 2022 closed
  • 31. December 2022 closed
  • 1. January 2023 closed
  • 8. March 2023 10:00 - 17:00
  • 7. April 2023 10:00 - 17:00
  • 8. April 2023 10:00 - 17:00
  • 9. April 2023 regular
  • 10. April 2023 closed
  • 1. May 2023 closed
  • 18. May 2023 -
  • 28. May 2023 regular
  • 29. May 2023 closed
  • 3. October 2023 10:00 - 17:00
  • 24. December 2023 closed
  • 25. December 2023 closed
  • 26. December 2023 10:00 - 17:00
  • 31. December 2023 closed
  • 1. January 2024 closed

Location,

Ben-Gurion-Straße, 10785 Berlin

Telephone,

+49 (30) 254 81-178

Fax,

+49 (30) 254 81-172

Website,

www.simpk.de

Email,

[javascript protected email address]

Prices,

Admission price 6,00 €

Area ticket Kulturforum: 12,00 €

Reduced price 3,00 €

Area ticket Kulturforum: € 6.00

Children under 18: free admission.

Exhibitions

Viola da Gamba by Gregorius Karpp, Königsberg 1693 (detail)
Foto: Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Viola da Gamba by Gregorius Karpp, Königsberg 1693 (detail)

Display collection of the Berlin Museum of Musical Instruments

Touching and trying things out helps to create an inner image
Foto: Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Touching and trying things out helps to create an inner image

Keyboard - Interface

Spotlight exhibition

Events

Scene from "Menschen untereinander"
(c) Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek
Scene photo from the silent movie "Menschen untereinander"

Museum of Musical Instruments

Menschen untereinander

Silent film by Gerhard Lamprecht from 1926, accompanied live on the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ by Anna Vavilkina

Film, Concert

Pipe chambers of the Mighty Wurlitzer (1929)
SPK/photothek.net/Thomas Trutschel
Pipe chambers of the Mighty Wurlitzer (1929)

Museum of Musical Instruments

Public guided tour with sound samples

Guided Tour

Promotional photo Appmusik
(c)Sara Graetz
Promotional photo Appmusik

Museum of Musical Instruments

Touch >>> Sound. We build the musical instruments of the future!

Public workshop for blind, visually impaired and sighted people

Workshop

Console of the Mighty Wurlitzer
(c) SIMPK / Foto: Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Console of the Mighty Wurlitzer

Museum of Musical Instruments

Demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ

Presentation and short concert with Jörg Joachim Riehle

Concert, Miscellaneous

Horn
(c) SPK/photothek.net/Thomas Trutschel
Horn in the showcase

Museum of Musical Instruments

Peter and the wolf

Workshop for children and families

Workshop

Curt Sachs Hall in the Musikinstrumenten-Museum
(c) SIMPK / Foto: Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Curt Sachs Hall in the Musikinstrumenten-Museum

Museum of Musical Instruments

Jour Fixe - Music in the afternoon

Young artists introduce themselves

Concert

Girl tries out a trumpet
Foto: Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Girl tries out a trumpet

Museum of Musical Instruments

Try it!

Getting to know musical instruments for children and families

Workshop

Touching and trying things out helps blind and visually impaired people to form an inner picture.
Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Touching and trying things out helps blind and visually impaired people to form an inner picture.

Museum of Musical Instruments

Keys over Keys

Public guided tour with touch stations and detailed object descriptions for blind, visually impaired and sighted people

Guided Tour

Wall pattern in the State Institute for Music Research
Foto: Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Photo of the wall pattern in the State Institute for Music Research

Museum of Musical Instruments

Musical interpretation in the 19th and 20th centuries

Event series 2022/23

Lecture, talk

The Potsdamer Platz 1927. Scene from "Berlin. Sinfonie der Großstadt"
(c) Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek
Potsdamer Platz in a scene photo from "Berlin. Symphony of the Big City" from 1927.

Museum of Musical Instruments

Berlin. Sinfonie der Großstadt

Documentary silent film by Walter Ruttmann from 1927, accompanied live on the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ by Anna Vavilkina

Film, Concert

Scene from "Asphalt" from 1929
(c) Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek
Scene photo from the silent movie "Asphalt" from 1929

Museum of Musical Instruments

Asphalt

Silent film by Joe May from 1929, accompanied live on the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ by Jörg Joachim Riehle

Film, Concert

Digital

COLLECTION ONLINE

Online collections database SMB-digital

Tickets

Admission price

6,00 €

Area ticket Kulturforum: 12,00 €

Reduced price

3,00 €

Area ticket Kulturforum: € 6.00

Children under 18: free admission.

Yearly ticket

Click here for information about Yearly ticket.

Member of Museumspass Berlin

Booking Telephone

+49 (30) 254 81-139

Services

  • Library
  • Archive

Accessibility

Audioguides

In German, English.

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