Alongside the concert hall, this innovative music museum houses a gleamingly restored collection of instruments from the old Conservatoire, interactive computers and scale models of opera houses and concert halls. Visitors are supplied with an audio guide in a choice of languages, and the musical commentary is a joy, playing the appropriate instrument as you approach each exhibit. Alongside the trumpeting brass, curly woodwind instruments and precious strings are more unusual items, such as the Indonesian gamelan orchestra, whose sounds influenced the work of Debussy and Ravel. Concerts in the amphitheatre use instruments from the collection.
|Venue name:||Musée de la Musique|
Cité de la Musique
221 avenue Jean Jaurès
|Opening hours:||noon-6pm Tue-Sat; 10am-6pm Sun|
|Price:||€8; €6.40 reductions; free under-18s. PMP|