Five Unmissable Museums for Music Lovers

From the Beethoven museum in Bonn to the Reykjavik Punk Museum, here are some of the most unique music museums in the world

  • Five Unmissable Museums for Music Lovers
  • Five Unmissable Museums for Music Lovers
  • Five Unmissable Museums for Music Lovers
  • Five Unmissable Museums for Music Lovers
  • Five Unmissable Museums for Music Lovers
  • Five Unmissable Museums for Music Lovers
  • Five Unmissable Museums for Music Lovers

Museums without painting, canvases or sculptures, but filled instead with sounds, memorabilia and musical instruments: among musicians and music lovers, music museums are as popular and as loved as concert halls. And that is probably why these cultural institutions devoted to the history of music and instruments or to the life and the work of a specific composer or artist are almost inevitably pervaded by emotion and nostalgia.
From the traditional ones, which offer a classic museum experience, to the most interactive and experimental ones, where all the senses are involved, they can truly be a blast to those who consider music a relevant part of their existence. Follow us on this virtual journey through five unique music museums, regardless of genres and ages.
MIM, Bruxelles
Listen to the sound of the most diverse musical instruments – from the classic Western ones to mechanical, electric, African and Tibetan instruments - as you stroll around the halls of a beautiful Art Nouveau building wearing infrared headphones. An authentic journey through time and space conceived for music enthusiasts.
Beethoven-Haus, Bonn
Visiting Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace and childhood home is not something you experience every day - the simple thought of walking on the same floor where one of the greatest musical geniuses of all times moved his first steps can be frankly overwhelming. The core of the Beethoven-Haus collection is represented by pictures, musical instruments, mementos and original manuscript scores, including the one of the Moonlight Sonata.
Musée Edith Piaf, Parigi
Inside the tiny Menilmontant apartment where Edith Piaf used to live at the beginning of her singing career is now a small museum housing a small treasure of personal belongings, billboards, portraits and memorabilia - including her legendary black dress. Every piece contributes to epitomizing the unique spirit of France’s most beloved singer-songwriter ever, sublime and tragic, criystal-clear and flamboyant just like Paris itself.
Motown Museum, Detroit
Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five... these are just a few of the artists whose career started at Motown, the legendary rhythm & blues and soul music label based founded in Detroit by Berry Gordy back in 1959. This museum celebrates the Motown years and preserves its cult through a huge collection of artifacts, photographs memorabilia and original instruments and equipment, including the famous Studio A, where The Supremes recorded Stop in the Name of Love in 1965.
Icelandic Punk Museum
If you don’t know a thing about Icelandic punk or had no idea it even existed until this very moment, then this exciting and unusual museum built inside a former public toilet building in Reykjavik is the right place to learn about it. Inaugurated last year by John Lydon - a.k.a. Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols - in person, it focuses on the punk and new wave scene of the 1970s and 1980s, which somehow contributed to the birth of the musical universe of The Sugarcubes, Bjork, Sigur Ros and other famous Icelandic artists.

Author : The Slowear Journal


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