9 Museums Every Clarinetist Should Visit

Historical instruments in Vienna (along with an unintentional reflection selfie)

Are you looking for a clarinet-themed getaway this summer? Here are some museums you and all your clarinet friends should check out:

  • Musée des Instruments à Vent (La Couture-Boussey, France) – If you want to see an impressive collection of wind instruments (and who doesn’t?), this is your place.
  • Musical Instruments Museum (Brussels, Belgium) – In addition to a wide assortment of historical musical instruments, this museum houses a bass clarinet by the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax.
  • Musée de la musique (Paris, France) – With over 1,000 objects in the permanent collection, this museum is sure to intrigue. (Make sure to hear a concert at the Philharmonie after your visit!)
  • National Music Museum (Vermillion, South Dakota) – This museum includes a staggering amount of instruments, including 385 clarinets! (Note: They are undergoing renovations and will reopen in 2021.)
  • National Museum of American History (Washington D.C.) – Geek out over a vast variety of clarinet models throughout the instrument’s history.
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria) – This national art museum houses several historical clarinets and other instruments.
  • Berlin Musical Instruments Museum (Berlin, Germany) – Come and check out over 3,500 instruments in the German capital.
  • Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany) – With such a rich musical history, it makes sense that one of Europe’s largest music museums is in Germany. There are around 10,000 objects in this collection, so make sure to plan wisely!
  • Museum of Musical Instruments (Milan, Italy) – Peruse over 700 instruments from the 15th to 20th centuries in this chic Italian city.

By no means is this list meant to be comprehensive, so grab a map and start researching music museums around your travel destinations. Be sure to let me know your favorite clarinet and music museums so I can add them to my must-visit list!


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