Donaldson Museum of Instruments

The Donaldson Museum is located in the Royal College of Music and houses an internationally renowned collection of instruments. The collection was started in 1894 with a donation from Sir George Donaldson and today features over six hundred instruments, some of which date from circa 1480.

The majority of the collection is comprised of European keyboard, stringed and wind instruments although there are a number of African and Asian instruments on display. The collection also includes a spinet used by Handel and a clavichord once owned by Haydn.

Opening Hours
The museum is open every Wednesday from 2pm until 4.30pm during term time only and is closed during January.

Donaldson Museum of Instruments
Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
South Kensington

Location Map

+44 (0)20 7591 4346

Getting There
The Royal College of Music is immediately opposite the south entrance to the Royal Albert Hall.

Nearest Tube / Rail Station
South Kensington

Bus Routes
9, 10, 52