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This museum (MIM) which belongs to the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (State Institute for Musical and Musicological Research - SIM) functions as both a research institution of great benefit to instrument-makers and musicians, as well as an historical center illustrating the evolution of European music from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The museum's 32,000 square feet of exhibition space spread over three floors permits the visitors to study the collection at their leisure, listen through headphones to classical music from specially produced compact discs or dicover the playing of an eighteenth-century clavichord or pianoforte thanks to demonstrations and concerts that are given throughout the year.
The museum possesses an extraordinary array of over 3000 instruments, including an almost complete set of early seventeenth century woodwind instruments of the Naumburg waits, including crumhorns, shawms and dulcians, lutes and bowed instruments, rare Baroque reed woodwinds, some instruments of the Prussian court, eighteenth century brass hunting horns and processional trumpets, pocket violins, mechanical musical clocks as well as the 1929 Mighty Wurlitzer Cinema Organ, once owned by Werner Ferdinand von Siemens, grandson of the Siemens Company's founder.
There is an outstanding collection of stringed keyboard instruments from the seventeenth to the twentieth century including the worlds greatest collection of Ruckers harpsichords.
Among a wide collection of rare violins a 1703 violin made by Antonio Stradivari and a large viola by the brothers Amati dated 1619 are particularly valuable.
It is the aim of the museum to show visitors the uniqueness of facture and sound characteristic of old instruments.

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