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Museums w Instrument Collections Guitar

Post by CliffK » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:34 pm

What museums have especially interesting collections of classical guitars, vihuelas, lutes and the like? Recommendations?

For example, the Museu de la Musica in Barcelona seems to be a fascinating one to visit. Anyone visit it...comment?
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Post by Steve Ganz » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:11 pm

National Music Museum, South Dakota.
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Post by Michael.N. » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:23 pm

Oh so many. I've visited the Barcelona but it was many years ago. In fact the museum was in an entirely different building. It's where the Torres paper mache guitar is housed. The Paris has to be the museum with the most extensive collection of guitars. London has a few museums with collections including the RCM and the V&A.
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Post by chiral3 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:24 pm

The MET in NY has some nice guitars, including the grandaddy of them all - Segovia's Hauser.

Martin in PA has a nice collection, although not classical.
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Post by George Crocket » Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:42 pm

St Cecilia's Hall, University of Edinburgh has an extensive collection of musical instruments, including lutes, guitars and related instruments. Further information here.
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Post by Jim Davidson » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:16 am

+1 the National Music Museum. Not classical guitar-oriented, but just plain cool. They had Elvis Presley's Gibson and a Stradivari guitar at one point. USD incidentally offers one of the only advanced degrees in organology in the country.

I'll definitely vouch for the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston. Lots of plucked strings, including a Frabicatore, a 9-string Lacote, and two Panormos (one of which is M. Sidney Pratten's "bambina" treble guitar).

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Post by petermc61 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:53 am

The Barcelona museum is great. It’s a wonderful new facility which hosts an amazing range of instruments. It’s got far more than guitars - such an amazing range of instruments.

My favourite collection for guitars is the Guitar Museum associated with Casa de la Guitarra near the centre of Seville, Spain. There are about 60 vintage guitars on display including a lovely Torres (1862), Vicente Arias (1884), Domingo Esteso, Enrique Garcia, Manual Ramirez, Marcelo Barbero etc

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Re: Museums w Instrument Collections Guitar

Post by CliffK » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:15 am

Many thanks all for these great suggestions and comments! Hopefully more to come.
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Post by Michael.N. » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:58 am

You can 'visit' the Paris here:

https://philharmoniedeparis.fr/fr/musee ... n/parcours

It's only a part of their collection. I can see the chambure vihuela and a number of original baroque guitars. Modern guitars are on a separate level. Somewhere amongst their collection should be a Torres guitar or two.
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Post by Michael.N. » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:06 am

Edinburgh collection includes guitars by Fabricatore, Panormo, Staufer, Lacote, Ramirez.
Of course they have much more than guitars.

https://collections.ed.ac.uk/mimed/sear ... 22?offset=
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Post by CliffK » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:46 am

A few years back, I heard the Stadtmuseum in Munich had a collection of instruments. Must be a Hauser or two there.
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Post by Andrew Fryer » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:49 pm

The Horniman in London, https://www.horniman.ac.uk/collections/ ... nstruments
and possibly the V&A, although I haven't been there for 25 years. http://collections.vam.ac.uk/category/m ... THES48919/
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Post by Andrew Fryer » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:31 pm

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Post by Intune » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:38 pm

And then there's the Jose Romanillos guitar and vihuela museum in Siguenza, Spain. Watch a video about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSKAczZm5ak
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Re: Museums w Instrument Collections Guitar

Post by CliffK » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:57 pm

A virtual online gallery of interesting guitars at

http://www.earlyromanticguitar.com/erg/gallery.htm
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