Music lovers do not miss the Ringve Music Museum in Trondheim! The Ringve Museum is the Norwegian National Museum of Musical Instruments. It is located on the rural estate of Ringve, on a beautiful hill on the Lada Peninsula, northeast of the center of Trondheim. The location of the museum itself is imposing, the castle where the museum is located has a long history, and the picturesque surroundings, Ringve botanical garden, additionally gives the museum an incredible charm. And in addition to all that, there is a view of the Trondheimsfjord from this location and it is certain that you will especially enjoy it.
The museum has permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions and the Music Garden - a digital archive, which allows visitors to search for audio clips, watch movies and read more about exhibitions that include collections of instruments from around the world.
The building dates from the 1740s, although the first house on the site of the museum was built in 1521. The property was auctioned in 1878, and was bought by the Bachke family and one of the sons, Christian Anker Bachke, took over the property in 1919. In the same year, he married the emigrant and artist Victoria Rostin Bachke. They did not have children, and they directed all their love towards music and the collection of historical musical instruments that adorn today's museum. Over 1.500 instruments are on display at the Ringve Museum, almost all from Victoria's private collection. The museum was opened to visitors in 1952.
Famous musicians who visited Ringve: Arthur Schnabel, Lilli Krauss, Ignaz Friedman, Percy Grainger and Kirsten Flagstad.
The story of the founder: Victoria Bachke is the founder of the Ringve Museum and her name will always be its symbol. Her efforts led to the rural estate becoming a cultural center as it is today. She was a child from a rich family, which enabled her and her brothers and sisters to go to good schools and have a higher education. As a bridge builder of the Russian state railways, her father often traveled, and his children often accompanied him on those trips. They spoke several languages and were musically educated. Some of them became professional musicians, and Victoria had very good vocals. In March 1914, Victoria left Moscow together with her sister, who began her career as an opera singer. It is believed that a few months later, Victoria ended up in one of Leysin's famous tuberculosis sanatoriums. After the treatment, their plan was to return home, but the Great War in Russia prevented them from doing so.
Regular ticket price: for adults 13 €
Reduced ticket price: 11 € - for students
Free entrance - for children up to 15 years
Museum opening hours
September - May from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm
June - August from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm
Author of the text:
Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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