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“This is how music should be shown! ”

Musee de la Musique
Ranked #59 of 2,145 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: This museum has nearly 1,000 different instruments on display, complete with audio commentary.
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

The museum is an excellent experience with hundreds if not thousands of instruments. A lot of information and audio examples is availble through the audio guide. For kids there are "red numbers" with adjusted content. The part I liked most was the live music demonstration. In my case it was with the flutist Florence Jacquemart. She explained various - never seen before - antique instruments and explained the early music. Last but not least there is a fantasic shop with many CDs and books at the end of your visit. Also here I found it amazing how France offers a rich set of interesting books for their children such as Raggae or Jazz explained with audio samples. Of course it would have been great to able to attend a concert in the concert hall but I didn't have tickets booked in advance.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Being a musician, I really wanted to see this museum, so I talked my wife into making the trek over here and SHE had a great time. I did as well, but I think she was pleasantly surprised as it is kind of out of the way in a not very visited part of Paris by tourists. It's located in the 19th arrondissement. But they have a fantastic display of stringed instruments, very ornate pianos, and they usually have a musician giving a short concert on one of the old instruments. I was upstairs looking at a display and I heard someone playing an old violin and I literally started tearing up because it was so beautiful, the sound in there is really nice. Lots of interactive displays so you can hear the old instruments and it's a very peaceful and quiet setting. They give you headphones so you're not disturbing everyone else's peace and quiet. It is definitely worth the trek to see this display. This is a very local neighborhood with lots of families and a very large park nearby with the river running alongside, so it's a good place to explore. Really beautiful museum, super friendly people working here, and they also have a very nice CD/record store with some very obscure selections. I was able to find some foreign CDs that I couldn't find in the States, so it was an added bonus for me. :-)

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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Visited this museum on a Saturday and was really impressed with the collection of instruments from richly decorated clavichords to an immense variety and age of wind, string & percussion instruments, also including musical instruments from other cultures.

There is also likely to be a free performance from accomplished musicians. The afternoon I was there, there was a cosy recital for just a handful of us from Dominique Carré, an amazing manouche jazz guitarist. You can also asks questions of the performer in the session. Wonderful that this is included in the cost of your entry ticket. The price of entry is also extremely reasonable considerable the size of the collection and the museum.

Make sure you also take the headphone and commentary set in your preferred language before you go in (also no extra cost). The audio enriches your understanding and experience of what you are looking at and the musical examples really give you an accurate impression of what these instruments would've sounded like.

Definitely worth a visit when your in Paris!

1  Thank K M
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

The museum exhibits a very nice and beautiful collection of musical instruments from 17th/18th century, they have some demonstrations for musical instruments with specific times. Beautiful harpsichord and piano collections from 18th century. They provide a headphone to listen the details of the instruments and some music. They have done very well in terms of the flow of musical instrument development. The museum is not big but it is worth going in and have a look for music lovers.

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Nuits des Musées, 2017.05.20 - after a concert in Le Philharmonie, entered the free night opening. The museum is very accessible and open exposition of a variety of instruments through time and geographies. Audioguides are a valuable asset.

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