Bate Launches New Compact DiscUsing instruments from the Collection we have produced a CD of trumpet music
New AcquisitionRecently acquired collection of violin-making tools from the Chanot family
Bate Players ConcertA concert featuring historical instruments
Family Friendly ActivitiesFamily fun and education
Welcome to the bate collection
Welcome to the Bate Collection, one of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world. The Bate has over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the renaissance, through the baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times. More than a thousand instruments are on display, by all the most important makers and from pre-eminent collectors.
Monday - Friday afternoons from 2.00 - 5.00 throughout the year.
Saturday Morning opening 10.00 - 12.00
Starts again on January 21st
Souvenir gallery guide
3D printing of a serpent
Download the files to print your own copy of an 18th century French church serpent.
Designed by Dr Mark Witkowski (Imperial College)
Bate Collection number 504
Listen to our instruments
We have recorded some of the instruments in the collection. You can hear them here:
Visit our online store:
We sell a variety of books, CD's and technical diagrams featuring instruments in the collection
The Bate Collection is supported by the following organizations: