Museum & Exhibitions

Since its opening in 1997, the Museum of Music has become world renowned for its collection and presentation of musical instruments. The historical heritage within its walls spans centuries, from the 16th century to today, and is a testament to the wealth of musical invention in every culture in the world.  The relationship between music, instruments and art objects is further enhanced by dynamic temporary exhibitions, which weave in other arts and key historical themes.

An unparalelled collection

Within the Philharmonie de Paris, the Museum of Music represents a collection of more than 7000 instruments and art objects, with almost 1000 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.

Musée de la musiqueNicolas Borel

Temporary exhbitions exploring music in all its forms

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 or Georges Brassens.

Exposition Musique & CinémaM. Abhervé

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A wealth of related events

Visits to the Museum can be prolonged or enhanced by guided tours, conferences or concerts presented on the instruments in the collection, in connection with the major themes that structure the life of the Philharmonie.

Concert promenade au musée de la musiqueW. Beaucardet

The Museum also houses a research laboratory and its documentation centre, now part of the Media Library, provides access to the most recent data and findings with regard to ancient and modern instruments.

National and international expertise

A certified Museum of France ('Musée de France' label), the Museum of Music plays an advisory role with other public French collections of musical instruments. It is a founding member of the CIMCIM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Musical Instruments) and is a leader among major museums containing collections of instruments, particularly in the MIMO project – a network providing online access to the digital content of more than 10 European museums.


The Museum of Music
is certified under the 'Musée de France' label.


Contact : musee@philharmoniedeparis.fr