The Playing Collection

The Playing Collection

... comprises over a 1000 wind instruments and drums from three centuries (see the catalogue). There are very rare objects, including classical horns and flutes, the prototype of an alto saxophone (1853) by its inventor Adolphe Sax, and some of the first instruments produced by Swiss manufacturers. Moreover, complete ensembles of wind bands are preserved in the collection.

The Playing Collection is based on the Karl Burri (1921–2003) Wind Instrument Collection. The foundation «Instrumentensammlung Burri» took over this collection in 2015. It is and continues to be enhanced through loans and donations.

The objective of the «Klingendes Museum» is to preserve, present, explore and play the instruments. Some of them can be played by all visitors. Some have been restored for the use by professional musicians in projects of historically informed performance practice. Others are allowed to be played for research objectives only.

View into Karl Burri's museum in Zimmerwald near Bern (2005 approx.)