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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).

  • 26. May 2022 10:00 - 17:00
  • 5. June 2022 10:00 - 17:00
  • 6. June 2022 closed
  • 3. October 2022 closed
  • 24. December 2022 closed
  • 25. December 2022 closed
  • 26. December 2022 closed
  • 31. December 2022 closed
  • 1. January 2023 closed

Location,

Ben-Gurion-Straße, 10785 Berlin

Telephone,

+49 (30) 254 81-178

Fax,

+49 (30) 254 81-172

Website,

www.simpk.de

Email,

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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

Mechanics of a harp clock by J. C. Krüger, Berlin, 1764, cat. no. 4900
Oliver Ziebe
A look at the mechanics of a harp clock

Contemporary Hoffmann?

E.T.A. Hoffmann and the music

Events

Getting to know instruments at the Musical Instrument Museum
(c) SIMPK / Foto: Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Getting to know instruments at the Musical Instrument Museum

Museum of Musical Instruments

Try it!

Getting to know musical instruments for children and families

Workshop

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

Music room by Ferruccio Busoni, around 1912
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Mus.Nachl. F. Busoni P II,3
Music room by Ferruccio Busoni, c. 1912, with two grand pianos side by side

Museum of Musical Instruments

SIM Research Colloquium: "The Two-Piano Players

Practice and discourse of playing together on two pianos in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Lecture, talk

Tom Beghin at the replica of Beethoven's Érard grand piano
(c) Johan Vanbrabant
Tom Beghin at the replica of Beethoven's Érard grand piano

Museum of Musical Instruments

Beethoven's Érard grand piano

On the replica of a fortepiano owned by Ludwig van Beethoven, Tom Beghin plays works by Beethoven and contemporaries

Concert

Detail of an oboe by Oskar Oehler, Berlin, around 1900
(c) SIMPK / Foto: Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Detail of an oboe by Oskar Oehler, Berlin, around 1900

Museum of Musical Instruments

Instagram Live Tour

The oboe yesterday and today

Digital Guided Tour

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

Children at a Theremin Concert in the Musical Instrument Museum
(c) SPK/photothek.net/Thomas Trutschel
Children at a Theremin Concert in the Musical Instrument Museum

Museum of Musical Instruments

Family tour: Full sound ahead!

A sound journey through the Philharmonie Berlin and the Musical Instrument Museum

Guided Tour

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

Young pianist Simon Haje at the opening of the Beethoven Lounge in 2020
(cv) SIMPK / Foto: Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Young pianist Simon Haje at the opening of the Beethoven Lounge in 2020

Museum of Musical Instruments

Young Talents!

Concerts with highly gifted children

Concert

Logo der Reihe Jazz im MIM
(c) SIMPK / Grafik: Anne-Katrin Breitenborn
Logo der Reihe Jazz im MIM

Museum of Musical Instruments

Jazz at the MIM

Stars and newcomers of the Berlin jazz scene as guests at the Musikinstrumenten-Museum

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.