Made to be Played: A Festival of Musical Instruments Exhibition

calendar24th Sep 2022 - 11th Mar 2023

Our autumn exhibition Made to Be Played: A Festival of Musical Instruments showcases and celebrates music-making around the world and through time. The range of instruments on display shows how music is universal to all cultures but also reflects local traditions, available materials, and its role in different societies.

To listen to 40 musical instruments displayed in the exhibition click here

To access building instructions for a scrapheap harp click here.


Most of the display comes from two sources: Torquay Museum’s Daubeny Collection and the Exeter-based collection of a private collector Ian Summers. As well as beautiful and unusual instruments, there are examples that are easy to build and play. We invite you to come and have a go – making and playing music is for everybody!  There is also a full programme of associated events for various ages during the run of the exhibition. The programme is available on our What's on page.




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Examples of musical instruments from the exhibition being played. 





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Examples of musical instruments from the exhibition being played, part 2.





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Watch a short film to find out how a pluriarc is made.





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Map of instruments
Ian Summers

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