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Thomas Hardy portrait of Joseph Haydn

RCM Museum

The Royal College of Music Museum contains more than 25,000 musical treasures, including the earliest known guitar, the earliest stringed keyboard instrument and the most recognised portraits of Joseph Haydn and Farinelli.

The Museum building is undergoing redevelopment and is currently closed to visitors. However, you can still access many of our treasures online thanks to an exciting programme of digitisation. This transformation of our public offering continues with the construction of brand new facilities, which is generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Collection highlights

The sound of a clavicytherium

Professor Terence Charlston plays a replica of our clavicytherium

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