St. Cecilia Museum (music)

Lovers of music and fine things in general can now visit a true treasure trove just off the Royal Mile. St Cecilia’s Hall has just recently opened its vast collection of classical instruments to the public.

SCMM piano forte

SCMM serpentsWander through the various galleries and find yourself fascinated by the different keyboards, string and wind instruments from all over the globe dating back to the 16th Century. Even non-connoisseurs of the musical world will be impressed by the beautifully hand-painted harpsichords or the Indian mayuri, which is a lute shaped like a peacock. They also have this strangely curled wind instrument, made to be played along church choirs, that makes you instantly think of a dried-up snake. Funnily enough, that’s why they call it the “serpent”, and St Cecilia’s Hall owns the biggest low-pitched one ever made: the almost 5m “Anaconda”.

The museum regularly gives talks, workshops, tours and concerts, so be sure to have a look at this gem right next to the Banshee Labyrinth. Not many people know of the exhibitions yet, therefore you’ll have all the peace and space to go through the collection thoroughly.

Juliane Seng

Free admission

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