Permanent Exhibition

Instruments are displayed in categories; Asia, Africa, America, Oceania, Japan, Europe and European keyboard instruments, Japanese-made European instruments and Electric & Electronic Instruments.

Asia

Asia

Number of exhibits: 300

Oceania

Oceania

Number of exhibits: 60

Africa

Africa

Number of exhibits: 160

America

America

Number of exhibits: 200

Europe

Europe

Number of exhibits: 380

Japan

Japan

Number of exhibits : 200

Japanese-made Instruments

Japanese-made western musical instruments

Number of exhibits : 100

Electronic Instruments

Electric & Electronic Instruments

Number of exhibits : 50

Asia instruments
Asia

Number of exhibits: 300

This is the only museum in the world that owns 3 kinds of gamelans: bronze gamelans from Bali and Java, and the world’s largest bamboo gamelan , ‘Jegog.’ Musical instruments from Iran, Turkey, Thailand, India, Mongolia, and Korea are also fully collected.

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Main exhibits

  • Gamelan / Mid-Java, Indonesia
  • Gamelan / Bali, Indonesia
  • Jegog / Bali, Indonesia
  • Sasando / Indonesia
  • Pattala / Myanmar
  • Saing Waing / Myanmar
  • Saung-gauk / Myanmar
  • Morin khuur / Mongolia
  • Damaru / Mongolia
  • PyeonJong / Korea
  • Pyongyong / Korea
  • Kaya gum / Korea
  • Santoor / Iran
  • Tar / Iran
  • Sitar / India
  • Sarangi / India
  • Bansuri / India
  • Dong Son / Thailand
  • Lu sheng / China
  • Oud / Egypt
  • Ney / Turkey
  • Kanun / Turkey
Oceania

Oceania

Number of exhibits: 60

With the main exhibits from Papua New Guinea, musical instruments from Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Australia and New Zealand are exhibited. You can find one of the world’s largest Tam Tam slit drum from Vanuatu, Garamut slit drum from watershed areas of mid-Sepic River in Papua New Guinea, water drums, bamboo flutes, and so on.

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Oceania

  • Didgeridoo / Australia
  • Clappers / Australia
  • Tam-Tam / Vanuatu
  • Shell Trumpet / Vanuatu
  • Garamut / Papua New Guinea
  • Water drum / Papua New Guinea
  • Mad Drum / Papua New Guinea
  • Bamboo flute / Papua New Guinea
  • Kundu drum / Papua New Guinea
  • Nunut / Papua New Guinea
  • Panpipes / Solomon Islands
  • Bamboo Slit Drum / Solomon Islands
  • Ipu / Hawaii
  • Uliuli / Hawaii
Africa

Africa

Number of exhibits: 160

This corner’s musical instruments are from Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Congo etc. Nigerian drum, ‘Dimkedim’, and Kenyan gourd trumpet, Abu’, are precious instruments which can not be procured today. With Litung, Zeze, Ngoma and Limba from Gogo-people in Tanzania, video-movies taken at their villages are shown. Big drum from Ghana representing a woman body is also precious.

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Main exhibits

  • Dimkedim / Nigeria
  • Abu / Kenya
  • Nyatiti / Kenya
  • Shekere / Kenya
  • Balafon / Congo
  • Begenna / Ethiopia
  • Ngoma / Tanzania
  • Limba / Tanzania
  • Litung / Tanzania
  • Kola / Mali
  • Bolon / Liberia
  • Mashinko / Ethiopia
  • Breasted Drum / Ghana
  • Sanza / Cameroon
America
America

Number of exhibits: 200

Musical instruments from the Central and the South America are exhibited. One of the largest marimbas in the world is from Guatemala. Steelpans that work as drums made of steel drums are from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Sea. Quena and charango from Andes Area, Mexican drum Huehuetl from ancient era are exhibited.

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Main exhibits

  • Marimba grande / Guatemala
  • Marimba de Tecomates (gourd marimba) / Guatemala
  • Vihuela / Mexico
  • Huehuetl / Mexico
  • Teponaztli / Mexico
  • Steel pan / Trinidad and Tobago
  • Charango / Bolivia
  • Sicu / Bolivia
  • Mohseno / Bolivia
  • Quena / Peru
  • Maracas / Brasil
  • Belimbaw / Brasil
Europe
Europe

Number of exhibits: 380

The core collection is the musical instruments in 18th to 19th century that were the former collection by late Robert Rosenbaum who was an American collector of musical instruments. Included are the world-valuable instruments such as the oboe made by T. Stanesby Sr. in London in 18th century, the Quantz flute made by Freyer in Berlin in 18th century, and the harpsichord made by F.E. Blanchet II in Paris in 1765. You can find many valuable collections including the pianos (fortepiano) of 19th century made by skilled craftsmen such as Walter, Broadwood, and Streicher, and the saxophone made by Adolphe Sax himself.

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Main exhibits

  • Harpsichord / F. E. Blanchet II / 1765 / Paris
  • Spinet / S. Keene / 18th century / London
  • Clavichord / P. Lindholm / 1788 / Stockholm
  • Fortepiano / A. Walter & Son / around 1810 / Vienna
  • Piano / I. Pleyel / 1830 / Paris
  • Oboe / T. Stanesby Sr. / around 1700 / London
  • Flute / Freyer, Quantz style / 18th century / Germany
  • Saxophone / A. Sax / around 1860 / Paris
  • Alto recorder / J. C. Denner / around 1700 / Nuremberg
  • Natural trumpet / J. G. Schmied / 1738 / Germany
  • Serpent / F.Pretty 1829 / London
  • Ophicleide / G. Smith / around 1840 / Britain
  • Invention horn / Courtois / around 1854 / Paris
  • Sackbut / J. Bower / 1608 / Nuremberg
  • Walking stick violin / 9th century / Germany
  • Violin / F. Chanot / around 1820 / Paris
  • Viola da gamba / 17th century / London
  • Irish harp / J. Egan / around 1820 / Dublin
  • Hurdy gurdy / H. Thouvenel / 19th century / Paris
  • Minstrel Banjo / 19c England
Japan
Japan

Number of exhibits : 200

Almost all kinds of Japanese instruments are exhibited. You will see very precious instruments such as the main instruments for Gagaku, Jinashi-Shakuhachi or the old form of Shakuhachi, and folk instrument from Satsuma, Gottan.

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Main exhibits

  • Instruments for Gagaku
  • Jinashi-Shakuhachi
  • Nohkan
  • Hora-gai (conch-shell horn)
  • So
  • Jushichigen
  • Ichigenkin
  • Yakumo-goto
  • Azumaryu-nigenkin
  • Satsuma Biwa
  • Chikuzen Biwa
  • Heike Biwa
  • Shamisen
  • Sanshin
  • Kokyu
  • Gottan
  • Chindon
  • Ko-tsuzumi
  • O-tsuzumi
Japan-made western musical instruments

Early Japanese-made Western Musical instruments

Number of exhibits : 100

Japan-made western musical instruments

The western musical instruments industry in Hamamatsu originated in 1888. After more than 100 years of its history, Hamamatsu has become one of the centers in the world in the field of western musical instruments industry. We exhibit the history and materials for manufacturing western musical instruments in Hamamatsu and in Japan as well. We have many exhibits for expression pedal reed organs from Meiji to early Showa period.

Main exhibits

  • Upright piano / Yamaha Corporation / around 1897 / Hamamatsu
  • Grand piano / Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd. / 1927 / Hamamatsu
  • Expression pedal reed organ / Yamaha Corporation / around 1907 / Hamamatsu
  • Expression pedal reed organ / Yoshizo Nagao / 1886~1904 / Matsusaka
  • Expression pedal reed organ / Nishikawa Organ / before 1919 / Yokohama
  • Pure temperament reed organ / Yamaha Corporation / 1938 / Yokohama
  • Taisho-koto / around 1916 / Nagoya
  • Accordion / TOMBO Musical Instruments / around 1955 / Yokohama
  • Bassoon / Nippon Kangakki / 1943 / Tokyo
  • Violin / Umeo Suzuki / 1928 / Nagoya
  • Harmonica / Tombo / aft.1945 / Tokyo
Electronic Instruments
Electric & Electronic Instruments

Number of exhibits : 50

Electronic Instruments

Electronic Instruments made in Japan and abroad in these 40 years are displayed to tell new inventions and progress of science in 20th century, which made the new world of music. This category includes some of electric instruments such as electric guitars.

Main exhibits

  • Electone D1 / Yamaha / 1959 / Hamamatsu
  • Hamond Organ B3 / Hamond / aft.1955 / USA
  • Hamond Organ A-105 / Hamond / aft.1963 / USA
  • Ace-tone GT-7 / Ace / 1971 / Osaka
  • Electric Guitars SG-7 / Yamaha / 1965 / Hamamatsu
  • Korg Organ / Keio / 1969 / Tokyo
  • Synthesizer / Mini-Korg / Korg / 1974 / Tokyo
  • Synthesizer System-700 / Roland / 1976 / Hamamatsu
  • Synthesizer DX-7 / Yamaha / 1983 / Hamamatsu
  • Casiotone 201 / Casio / 1980 / Tokyo
  • Synthesizer System 35 / Moog / 1974 / USA
  • Rhodes Piano / Fender Rhodes / aft.1959 / USA
Hands-on room & Reference corner

Hands-on room

For the fun of the people, the Hands-on Room is situated.

Hands-on room

Hands-on room

Here you can touch and play the world musical instruments and implements such as pianos, guitars, erectronic drums, djembe drums, talking drums, and thumb pianos(limba from Tanzania) from Africa, and angklung from Indonesia, morin khuur from Mongolia, Japanese reed organ, American banjo, etc.

Reference corner

Reference corner

Reference books such as music dictionaries are provided. Touch-screen “Japanese music a la carte” enables you to easily search for Japanese musical instruments and music. You can also compose music with melodies by various instruments through computer.

Contact Address

〒430-7790
3-9-1 Chu-o, Naka-ku,
Hamamatsu-City,
Shizuoka-Prefecture
430-7790 JAPAN

TEL

+81-53-451-1128

FAX

+81-53-451-1129

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