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Ringve Museum (engelsk)

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Petter Wessel Tordsnskjold

Ringve Museum is The National museum of music and musical instruments. It presents a unique collection of instruments from all over the world. The museum is situated on the Ringve estate on the historical Lade peninsula. The Manor house itself and the surrounding buildings are built in the style characteristic of the area. The oldest building, the Wessel House dates back to around 1740. Today this building houses the museum’s inn, The Tordenskiold kro.

Tordenskjold kro. Foto: Jan Habberstad

Guides demonstrate the instruments and lectures on their use.

The first room in the Manor house is called the Mozart room and contains a spinet, clavichord and a domestic or house organ, from the 18th century. A Murano glass chandelier hangs from the ceiling. The next room is called the ‘Beethoven’ and contains a harp piano of 1870 by Dietz, and a piano of type favored by Beethoven. A room dedicated to Chopin comes next, with examples of the composer’s preferred pianos, as well as a death mask and casts of his hands. There are also watercolors by George Sand and memorabilia about Chopin and Liszt. A card table and sofa that came from Chopin’s Paris home, and which were inherited by his Norwegian pupil Thomas Tellefsen are on display. Upstairs there is a room based around singers Elisabeth Wiborg and Adelina Patti and includes a piano which Patti insisted on being accompanied. This is followed by a display of Hardanger fiddles, a ‘Grieg’ room, a room of instruments associated with church and worship, and finally a room of curiosities, including a Cecilium, a Norwegian-made barrel-organ, musical toys and a Janko piano.

Manor house. Foto: Jan Habberstad

The main building from the 1860`s with its rare interiors is the setting for parts of the collection.