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New Acquisition

Recently acquired collection of violin-making tools from the Chanot family
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Bate Essay Prize

Announcing the result of the Bate essay prize for 2016
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Family Friendly Activities

Family fun and education
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Gallery Recitals

Musical recitals highlighting aspects of the Bate Collection
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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.



Holiday Closing

The Bate Collection will be closed on Friday 23rd December and re-open on Tuesday 3rd January


Opening Hours  

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

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Listen to our instruments

We have recorded some of the instruments in the collection.  You can hear them here:

Instruments in the Collection


Visit our online store:

We sell a variety of books, CD's and technical diagrams featuring instruments in the collection

Bate Shop





The Bate Collection is supported by the following organizations:

Bate Library

The Bate library includes over 3000 books, periodicals and other publications on the subject of musical instrument development and music technology. It includes the Philip Bate, Anthony Baines and Reginald Morley-Pegge archives plus a developing sound archive of instruments from the collection.

Faculty of Music

The Faculty of Music of Oxford University, one of the largest and liveliest music departments in the country, and an internationally renowned centre of musical teaching and research. The Faculty offers a highly stimulating environment for anyone interested in a practical, scholarly and creative engagement with music.