Music Museums Around the World That You Should Visit

From a museum that preserves, promotes, and presents jazz by inspiring knowledge to one with an objective to expand the public’s appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of music-making, here are five museums you should check out if you’re fond of music!

There are many kinds of museums in the world, obviously, art museums and exhibitions stand on the top of the list. There are historical and cultural museums, science museums, natural history museums, and even cat museums! We’ve compiled a list of cat museums in the past, but today we are going to talk about something else.

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Music is a kind of art we’re all familiar with. Some of us may not even go a day without, while others may have a strong liking for musical instruments and making music. So, if you’re a fan of both music and museums, this article is for you! Below is a list of music museums in different parts of the world!

Gallery of Music & Art – Las Vegas

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You can find the Gallery of Music and Art located in the Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas. It offers a unique collection of talented and famous artists whose works combine musical themes, celebrity portraits, musicians, and new contemporary art forms, as per TripAdvisor.

The museum’s website states: “We intend to hold shows in the gallery every 4-6 weeks and you will have the opportunity to watch the artist paint, ask questions and hopefully commission a unique work of art from one of these well known and talented people.”

At this museum, you may discover refreshing visual portrayals of the icons of music history and musical ephemera that is a studiously curated collection of visual artists and artistic genres presenting works that speak to your personal style.

“Original paintings and sculpture are on display from a group of renowned international artists,” the website added. Prints are represented as; lithographs, giclées, and mixed-media work on paper and canvas with their collection including nineteenth-century masters whose profound works populate museums worldwide. It also sees innovative young masters energetically creating works for the future and in celebration of Rock & Roll, are “representational portraits of historical musical icons of our lifetime or, the guitar or other instrument as still life.”

Visit the Gallery of Music & Art website: HERE

The Miami Music Museum – Miami

Miami Sound: A History, tells the story of how Miami acquired its unique musical sounds that enabled the city to become well known for its flourishing culturally diverse music. (Image via the Miami Music Museum website)

The Miami Music Museum was incorporated on February 1, 2010, with an objective to expand the public’s appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of music-making. It also aimed to honor the contributions and achievements made by current and former Miami residents.

“The museum serves as a site for virtual exhibits displaying information, documents, music arts, and artifacts related to music artists,” states the Miami Music Museum website.

The purpose of the Miami Music Museum Inc. as per their website is to “preserve Miami’s music history by creating educational displays of musical events and artists that have empowered Miami to become a Mecca of culturally diverse music.” It aims to strengthen the musical arts and support emerging artists.

The museum also intends to “encourage others to enter the music profession by providing scholarships and grants to music arts students and by promoting the benefits of music entertainment to the public.” Simultaneously, “we aim to create a permanent digital infrastructure that will act as a source for Miami music archives for years to come,” the museum wrote on its website.

Currently the activities of the museum include addressing organizational matters, collecting musical instruments and artifacts for display. They also gather historic photographs, documents and articles.

Visit the The Miami Music Museum website: HERE

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem – New York

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If you’re a jazz lover or wish to visit a museum in New York, here’s one – The National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH). The mission of this museum is to “preserve, promote and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation, and the celebration of jazz locally, nationally, and internationally.”

Their mission of telling the truth about Jazz is “fuelled through four Core Programs: Education; Jazz &… (Community Engagement & Performance); Exhibits & Collections; and Partnerships & Collaborations.” The National Jazz Museum in Harlem “invites in person and online audiences to join the jazz in Harlem experience.” The world-renowned Artistic Directors, grammy-winner Jon Batiste and Christian McBride “contribute to the creative vision of our exhibits and outreach, and curate much of our programming.”

“Our vision is to make jazz accessible to everyone on the planet. We are a living, evolving museum for the people, center for jazz, and a place in Harlem where visitors gather to enjoy history and music, and where artists come to play, rehearse, create or drop-in, even when no one else is there, just to be in the space that so many others have passed through,” states the NJMH website.

Education is central to this museum’s mission, along with year-round educational programs for students of all ages, collaborations with schools, businesses, arts, and other organizations. “With the generosity of our supporters, we produce over 100 free and highly subsidized jazz workshops, performances, and events that serve more than 100,000 people in Harlem, New York City, the U.S., and the world,” NJMH wrote on their website.

Visit The National Jazz Museum in Harlem website: HERE

Sharan Rani Gallery of Musical Instruments, National Museum Delhi – New Delhi

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India’s musical heritage is narrated via the many instruments from across India at the National Museum of New Delhi’s Sharan Rani Gallery of Musical Instruments in New Delhi. From brass drums from Rajasthan to Kashmir’s Rabab, you may find many such instruments at this Gallery with the museum’s collection including 450 old and rare instruments from various regions of India. These depict the different musical traditions with most of the instruments belonging to the 17th-19th century period. There are some that date as far back as the 15th century.

“Back in the 1930’s women in India could not have imagined a career in Music unless they belonged to a family of musicians. Colonial rule had changed mindsets towards music and dance to be the profession of nautch girls or “baiji’s,” wrote The Heritage Lab website.

Sharan Rani Backliwal was born into a family of Delhi’s businessmen and educationists,” states the The Heritage Lab website.

She went on to become India’s first woman Sarod player. Sharad Rani, the “Sarod Queen” broke all societal barriers. She paved the way for future generations of women instrumentalists and traveled extensively for performances. The Sarod player collected old and rare instruments from wherever she went and donated her entire collection to the National Museum. Sharan Rani first donated in 1980, then in 1982, and again in 2003, and the gallery of musical instruments is therefore named after her, as a tribute.

Visit the Sharan Rani Gallery of Musical Instruments, National Museum Delhi website: HERE


Whittaker’s Musical Museum – Auckland

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The Whittaker’s Musical Museum was started in 1996 by Lloyd and Joan Whittaker. “They collected musical instruments from second-hand shops, antique dealers and various old sheds located all around New Zealand”  as “Lloyd was a talented musician who played a variety of instruments from an early age” and was also a consummate restorer of these instruments, as per the museum’s website.

When Lloyd and Joan moved from New Plymouth to Waiheke Island in 1996, they brought their collection with them. With help from the community, the couple started the Museum at Artworks in Oneroa.

“Prior to this, in 2007, the Waiheke Musical Museum Charitable Trust was formed to ensure the preservation and ongoing management of the collection. While some instruments were gifted to the Trust by the Whittakers, many of the larger or more valuable instruments were purchased from them by individuals and Community organizations and donated back to the Trust,” states the Whittaker’s Musical Museum website.

The centerpiece of Whittaker’s musical museum is the world-famous Polish musician Paderewski’s 1897 Bechstein Concert Grand piano. It was brought to New Zealand in 1904 for his Australasian Tour. The Grand piano is still used for many of the Museum’s concerts.

You can find performances by invited musicians of both National and International renown. The Whittaker’s musical Museum is open to visitors. It is available for educational music workshops. New Zealand’s Whittaker’s musical Museum offers special guided Group Tours by prior arrangement.

The Whittaker’s Musical Museum wrote on its website: “It is the only “Live” Musical Museum of its kind in New Zealand. In fact, as many international visitors have said, it is rare to find a working, visitor-friendly, “hands-on” Museum of this quality anywhere in the world.”

Visit the Whittaker’s Musical Museum website: HERE


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