New special exhibition: Our Treasures - Precious Wind Instruments

Do you know the musette de cour from the court of the Sun King (a baroque bagpipe), the "Musettenbass" (a Bernese church instrument), flutes made of crystal glass (yes, exactly like the ones Lizzo played in Washington) or the stop trumpet ("demi-lune")? How do they sound, what is special about them, for what music were they developed?

We can display our most precious instruments only in protected showcases: They are in unstable condition, have parts made of particularly fragile materials or are extremely rare. This exhibition now allows us to present these instruments as well and to mediate all of them by video recordings.

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This exhibition has been supported by: Zwillenberg-Stiftung, Ursula Wirz-Stiftung, Stiftung Pro Scientia et Arte, Zunftgesellschaft zu Schmieden, Gesellschaft zu Ober-Gerwern, Bank EEK, Freundeskreis des Klingenden Museums

Cornet by Antoine Courtois, Paris, ca. 1865, gold-plated with five turquoise on the bell

Special exhibition: CURIOSITIES – strange wind instruments

Do you know the "Duplex Euphonium", the "Echo Cornet" and the "Sudrophone"? Special devices allow to change the sound on these instruments in the middle of a piece.

And the "Aerophor"? You can play infinite melodies with it.

The exhibition shows curious inventions for wind instruments - to marvel at and try out by yourself.

Theremin – the musical instrument that you do not touch

You can play it by yourself in our exhibition:

Permanent Exhibition C'est le vent qui fait la musique

It is the wind that brings wind instruments to resonate.
The exhibition presents how wind instruments and their music developed: e.g. from Turkish bands around 1800 to the orchestral instruments of the 19th century, the brass band and the invention of the saxophone around 1840, as well as how a simple shepherd's horn became a beloved instrument of traditional and modern music, as well as a symbol of Swissness: the Alphorn.

And you can try to play some of the instruments by yourself: Alphorns, Roman cornua, contrabass trombone an more.