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Bates Collection of Musical Instruments

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Attraction Information

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Suitable for ages: Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor

The Bates Collection of Musical Instruments has over 2000 immaculately maintained instruments from Western orchestral music traditions, all the way from the renaissance period, through the baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times! More than a thousand instruments are on display at any one time, by all the most important makers and from pre-eminent collectors. It's an amazing stop for kids who love instruments, but even if they don't most children and indeed adults will find themselves fascinated by the sheer range and variety of instruments.

Plus the Bates Library includes over 3000 books, periodicals and other publications on the subject of musical instrument development and music technology! It includes the Philip Bate, Anthony Baines and Reginald Morley-Pegge archives plus a developing sound archive of instruments from the collection.

There are no children's features here and it is really recommended for either musical types or the sort of kids who are happy in museums, running and shouting etc is not really on, here, so if you're not sure how sedate they can manage why not tire them out with something more active from out listings and use this as a nice soothing stop on the way home while they're too tired to misbehave!

Getting There and Contact Information


Bate Collection Faculty of Music, St Aldates, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1DB, England


Click here to visit Bates Collection of Musical Instruments's website
01865 276139

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 2.00pm - 5.00pm Saturday morning openings start in October. CLOSURE The Bate Collection will be closed from 19th to the 31st of August for gallery refurbishment.


Admission is free!


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