Ringve Museum, Trondheim

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4.5/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
Ringve Museum is Norway's national museum for music and musical instruments, with collections from all over the world.BackgroundRingve Museum is located in the historic Ringve Farm in Trondheim. Ringve Farm was the childhood home of the Danish-Norwegian nobleman, Peter Tordenskjold. It is situated in a park on the Lade peninsula just outside Trondheim with a view over the Trondheimsfjord, the park forming botanical gardens run by NTNU (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology). The first house on the site was built in 1521, but the current group of buildings dates from the 1740s onwards.When the estate was auctioned in 1878, it was purchased by the Bachke family and one of the sons, Christian Anker Bachke (1873-1946) acquired the estate in 1919. In late 1919, he married Russian émigré Victoria Rostin Bachke, an artist who fled from the Russian Revolution. The couple had no children but put their considerable energies into their love of music and assembling a collection of historical musical instruments, which now numbers around 1,500 instruments, alongside other artifacts associated with music – pictures, recordings.The museum is based on the private collection of founder Victoria Bachke and was opened to the public in 1952. Jon Voigt (1928-1997) succeeded Victoria Bachke as director in 1963 and continued until 1997. Over the years many famous musicians visited Ringve, including Artur Schnabel, Lilly Krauss, Ignaz Friedman, Percy Grainger and Kirsten Flagstad, as well as the artist, Edvard Munch.
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  • The Ringve Museum was excellent and with our beautiful and talented guide the experience was mage even more enjoyable. Even if you do not have a love of music and/or musical instruments, I am sure you...  read more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed the Ringve Museum's vast and well displayed collection of musical instruments. Most surprising and delightful was our very talented guide who played the clavichord, harpsichord a...  read more »
  • My first visit at the Ringve Museum and for an experience. Had with relatives from Canada who was on a visit here. They were also mighty impressed with the quality of the exhibition and how it was organized. Also impressed by guidenes knowledge and English. A place that definitely is recommended.
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  • Good place to learn something about music history. Dont forget to visit the botanical garden while here.
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