Within the Philharmonie de Paris, the Museum of Music represents a collection of more than 7,000 instruments and art objects, with almost 1,000 on exhibit in the permanent exhibition space, including national treasures and legendary instruments such as a piano belonging to Chopin and a guitar belonging to Brassens. The museum presents a history of Western music from the 17th century to today and an overview of the main musical cultures of the world.
What makes the Museum of Music so colourful is the temporary exhibitions it hosts alongside its permanent collection. Always on the theme of music, these exhibitions bring together different artistic disciplines and areas of the world, with complex thematic angles such as The Third Reich and Music, Paul Klee Polyphonies, Song of the River: the Harps of Central African, Europunk, Great Black Music or monographs such as Serge Gainsbourg, Frederic Chopin, Miles Davis, John Lennon, Georges Brassens or David Bowie is.
This exhibition explores the joyous world of musicals. It seeks to immerse visitors in the films themselves, thanks to giant projections, along with photographs, rare documents and fun interactive exhibits to place the genre within its historical context.
From local dances to brass bands and cabarets, Robert Doisneau crossed paths with the jazz musicians and stars of his era. His photographs of these instances, many of which have never been shown to the public, are gathered for the first time within this exhibition.
Since its advent more than thirty years ago in the underground nightclubs of Chicago and Detroit, electronic music has spread around the world. Set to music by Laurent Garnier, this exhibition examines the different facets of the electro phenomenon.
The Museum of Music is certified under the “Musée de France” label.