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Bate Collection

Oxford University Faculty of Music | St. Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB, England
+44 1865 276139
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The hidden gem of Oxford Uni museums.

This is a museum not to be missed, despite its limited opening hours and out of the way location... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Llangollen, United Kingdom
Not to be missed

If you have any interest in music, regardless of genre, this little museum has to be visited if... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Evesham, United Kingdom
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For music-lovers everywhere: this specialty museum houses a fine collection of historical woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, plus more than one dozen historical keyboard instruments and a complete bow-maker's workshop.
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Oxford University Faculty of Music | St. Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB, England
+44 1865 276139
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

This is a museum not to be missed, despite its limited opening hours and out of the way location. The Bate Collection is a fascinating collection of musical instruments that sits right in the heart of the faculty of music. There's so much to see...More

Thank MattyLion
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

If you have any interest in music, regardless of genre, this little museum has to be visited if you're in Oxford. It houses the most wonderful collection of instruments from all ages and geographic sources. What makes it special is the access visitors have to...More

Thank WingcoNick
Reviewed 27 April 2017

A big reward for venturing just off the beaten tourist track if you are in the least interested in music. Just go beyond Christ Church from the city centre. An exceptional collection of instruments. An opportunity to try a small selection. Open every afternoon as...More

Thank Fred C
Reviewed 18 February 2017

This is well worth a visit if you like music or musical instruments. I was fascinated.Over 1000 instruments in display cases charting the evolution of some of them. Also many keyboard instruments. Students at the Faculty of music are allowed to play them. There is...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This is a real find and well worth a visit if you are at all interested in music. Located in part of the Music Faculty this small museum contains numerous glass cases holding a vast collection of every type of musical instrument. The free audio...More

Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

The best thing about this place is that you can touch and play some of their instruments! Not many museums allow that.

Thank VyT68
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

It's been on my radar for some time to visit this museum. I should have gone sooner and it's free to enter. A vast collection of mainly woodwind and brass together with some string and pianos and their predecessors, too big for their small space....More

1  Thank Mikejy
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

Every display is packed with historical instruments. Visit during term time as we did and you're likely to be treated to students rehearsing their repertoires. Make sure to ask for an audioguide. You can listen to music samples recorded on the exact instruments in each...More

1  Thank Alexandra S
Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

We visited during a family day when there was a wide selection of instruments to try such as serpents and theremins. The highlight was playing the gamelan (Javan orchestra mainly percussion) for an hour. Very knowledgeable staff explained the exhibits well and answered questions.

Thank bigbird314
Reviewed 6 February 2016

Fascinating museum - great to hear clips of many of the instruments being played. All 'guides' who were there were really interested in the collection and keen to share information but also give you space to browse.

Thank carrie163
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