New AcquisitionRecently acquired collection of violin-making tools from the Chanot family
Bate Essay PrizeAnnouncing the result of the Bate essay prize for 2016
Bate Concert - Prince Regent's BandA 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
October 15th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, December 3rd.
Half Term Activities at the Bate
Gallery trail, colouring, word-searches and hands-on activities
Monday 24th - Friday 28th 2.00 - 5.00
Souvenir gallery guide
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: