The Musikinstrumenten-Museum of the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung collects musical instruments of European art music from the 16th to the 21st century. The museum currently has around 3,600 instruments in its collection, many of which are in playable condition. A good 800 instruments are on display in the exhibition collection.

Highlights of the Exhibition

Pipe prospect of the Gray organ

Among the approximately 3,600 instruments and objects in the Musikinstrumenten-Museum are some outstanding treasures. Follow us on a tour of the Musikinstrumenten-Museum Berlin! more

Central Themes of the Collection

Cembalo aus der Werkstatt der Familie Ruckers

The museum collects instruments of European art music dating from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. We present some of the central themes of this representative collection. more

Special Exhibitions


The Musikinstrumenten-Museum regularly hosts special exhibitions with different thematic focuses. more


Black and white photo showing a man playing a glass harmonica

The history of the Berlin Musikinstrumenten-Museum dates back to 1888 when Philipp Spitta and Joseph Joachim founded the "Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente" (Collection of Old Musical Instruments) at the Königliche Akademische Hochschule (Royal Academy) in Berlin. more

Restoration and Conservation

Man with beard in blue shirt looks into a microscope. In front of him is a violin.

Researchers at the museum systematically study the collection and work with restorers in overseeing the conservation and restoration projects of the museum. more

Opening hours

Monday closed
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.