Ringwe Music Museum (Ringwe Museum)
Norway, Trondheim (city)

Ringve Music Museum (Ringwe Museum) - The Norwegian National Museum of Music and Musical Instruments, is located in the city of Trondheim, in an old estate belonging to the noble Bakke family. The main manor house was built in 1853 by the first owner Richard Knoff, in 1878 it was rebuilt by the new owner Anton Sofus Bakke in the Swiss-style that was popular in Norway at that time. The wooden facade of the building acquired decorative elements - carved cornices, verandas, stairs. In 1919, the estate was inherited by Christian Anker Bakke, who at the end of the same year married the daughter of Russian emigrants Victoria Rostina. The couple was passionate about art, Christian Bakke had a dream to create a museum in which the whole history of music would be presented, but his sudden death prevented him from realizing this plan. In memory of her beloved husband, Victoria Bakka decided to fulfill his dream and began to acquire musical instruments from around the world. She managed to collect a large collection of expensive and rare specimens. Victoria decided to place the collection in the main building of the estate, and in 1952 the museum she created was open to visitors. Currently, the museum has more than 2000 musical instruments, many of which are truly unique, 700 exhibits are classic European instruments. The museum also has a collection of 25,000 music albums, photographs and a rare sound archive. Of particular value is the collection of keyboards. In the museum you can see the harpsichords created by the great masters of the 17th and 18th centuries Jacob Kirkman, Konrad Graf. The decoration of the collection of wind instruments is considered to be the viola made by John Gahan at the beginning of the XVIII century. Among the strings, the main places are occupied by the Amati violin of 1612, the viola from the workshop of Talke. As conceived by Victoria, musical instruments were not just to be displayed in museum halls, they should be surrounded by an appropriate atmosphere and interior. The building retained the original interiors of 1890, furniture, and interior items. The thematic design of the premises seems to transfer to the era of great composers and musicians. Mozart's interior houses antique spinet (type of harpsichord), clavichords and a 18th-century organ. Beethoven's room features harps, an 1870 Dietz piano, and a piano played by Beethoven. The salon dedicated to Chopin presents the composer's piano, death mask and hand casts, watercolors by George Sand, a card table and a sofa from Chopin's Parisian house. The Ringve Museum has two main exhibitions: an exhibition in the main manor house (open from April to October) and an exhibition in the barn, which is open year-round. The barn contains musical instruments from around the world. Visitors can see traditional musical instruments from Tibet, Africa, Asia, a small Italian pocket violin, the Yangqin Chinese instrument, the Hawaiian four-stringed ukulele musical instrument and many others. The museum holds temporary exhibitions, music evenings, mini-concerts, gala dinners, events for children.

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