The Royal College of Music Museum of Instruments

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Alternative Name Donaldson Museum
Description Internationally renowned collection of musical instruments
Address Prince Consort Road
Telephone 020 7591 4300 (switchboard)
Fax 020 7589 7740
Email [email protected] - Mailing list subscription
[email protected]
Hours Closed on 11 December 2015 and will reopen in 2019. See notes for more information
Transport Tube: South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly) or Knightsbridge (Piccadilly)
Buses: 9, 10, 52, 70, 360
Fees Closed on 11 December 2015 and will reopen in 2019. See notes for more information
Special Access Facilities Full access
Notes Exciting developments!
The Royal College of Music has exciting plans to redevelop its building in the heart of London's South Kensington! The More Music campaign includes new performance spaces, practice rooms, a café, and a brand new, fully accessible Museum at the heart of the RCM!
In order for this to happen, our museum closed on 11 December 2015 and will reopen in 2019. During this time, the collections will be moved to an offsite storage space and will no longer be accessible to the public in the way they are now.
What we will be doing
We will be busy carrying out extensive conservation on over 500 of our instruments, digitising a lot of our collection and making it available online. We will also be doing a number of outreach activities with schools and community groups, as well as curating temporary and pop-up exhibitions! We will welcome two new members of staff, a Conservator and a Research Assistant, and run an intense programme of training, volunteering and internships.
What this means for our visitors, and how you can be involved
Although we will not have a physical gallery for a while, we have been working hard to provide you with lots of ways to access our collections digitally, including through Google Cultural Institute. To find out more, please visit our website:
Over the course of the next few years, the museum will be recruiting volunteers to help us carry out conservation, digitisation, outreach, learning and engagement. To receive information about our volunteering opportunities and updates on our progress please join our mailing list! Contact Erin McHugh ([email protected]) to subscribe.

Last Updated 12 April 2018