- Art & Culture
The Violin Museum takes visitors through Cremona's five-century history of violin making, the great masters and their violins
Piazza Marconi, 5, Cremona
Piazza del Comune, 5
+39 0372 407081
The Violin Museum clearly represents the deep connection established between Cremona and the art of making violins, while acting as an important structure for the city that is used as a Museum, Auditorium and Research Centre.
The Violin Museum takes visitors through Cremona's five-century history of violin making, introducing them to the great masters and their violins, including the famous Antonio Stradivari. In addition to the great masters of the past, the museum also features contemporary figures from the world of violins in a specially-dedicated space.
Step-by-step, the museum describes everything that rotates around the life of the violin. The visit begins with the origins of the instrument in the first room, then moves on to the luthier's workshop, where the violin is born, where you can smell the scent of resin and wood. The tour continues with a discussion of the diffusion of the violin in a listening room, where you will find a map of the world illustrating how this instrument made its way around the globe. In the fourth room the virtual books speak of Cremona's school of classical music and on a map of Cremona from the Stradivari era you can see the distribution of the shops, while the treasures of the city's master craftsmen are housed in the next room, with Stradivarian relics in rooms 6 and 7.
As the visit comes to an end, the Violin Museum presents contemporary violin makers, as seen in the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Violin Making. The collection also explores how the modern world has joined the world of the violin with the promotion of the friends of Stradivari network. The last room is dedicated to the violin's role in films.
Thanks to its multimedia approach, the Violin Museum offers something for everyone, of all ages, experts or novices, since it captures the visitor's attention by stimulating their senses and emotions.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Closed on Mondays, 1 January and 25 December