Digital Resources

There are now more ways than ever to discover, explore and interact with the RCM's collections. Thanks to key partnerships, we are able to share our important cultural riches with a wide audience. 

The RCM Museum building will be closed to the public from 11 December 2015, due to a major redevelopment that will include demolition of the current gallery. The collections will reopen in 2019 in a new interactive display as part of the wider More Music campaign. The new museum will also be able to make use of a climate-controlled concert hall, and will include a study collection and educational space.

Musical Instrument Collection

Painting Collection

Google Arts & Culture

Research Enquiries

Image Reproduction

Images from the Museum collections can be licensed for reproduction through the ArenaPAL image library. Currently available material includes:

  • Images from the collections of instruments and portraits
  • Carte de visite (visiting cards) of eminent 19th century musicians and other historical figures
  • 'Spy' caricatures of musicians from Vanity Fair, 1873–1911
  • Late 19th/early 20th century photographs and postcards from the Bayreuth Opera House and Festival

To view the materials, or to make an enquiry about image reproduction, please visit our collections’ partner ArenaPAL.

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