Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments 浜松市楽器博物館
The Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture is a must-see if you are living in or just visiting the city.
Located close to Hamamatsu Station in the Seminar & Exchange Center of the Act City complex, the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments (Tel: 053 451 1128; 400 yen) showcases the city's long connection with the production of musical instruments by exhibiting a collection of diverse instruments from all over the world.
The first Japanese European-style piano was made in Hamamatsu over 100 years ago and now the city is one of the world's foremost production centers for instruments made by Yamaha and Kawai, including pianos, synthesizers and electronic keyboards.
With help from Yamaha, the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments has gathered over 1300 musical instruments, some of them extremely rare and valuable pieces.
The Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments is arranged on two floors with the upper floor exhibiting instruments from Japan, Korea, China, Mongola, Iran and the rest of East and South East Asia.
The lower floor has instruments from Europe including a gem of a collection of European pianos and instruments from the rest of the world: the Americas, Oceania and Africa.
Visitors can see videos of musical performances and listen to snippets of the instruments being played on headphones.
There are daily demonstrations of some of the instruments by museum staff and visitors can try their hand at some of them in the Hands-on Room on the lower floor.
The Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments is also a venue for performances of music from groups from around the world.
Getting to the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
Tel: 053 451 1128
Hours: 9.30am - 5pm
Closed: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month except when that day is a national holiday
Admission: Adults 400 yen
Just outside the entrance to the museum is a shop selling music-related products.
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