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Klingende Sammlung

An amazing collection of rare wind instruments where visitors can give the iconic Swiss Alphorn a toot.  

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Located in the old town of Bern, a small museum displays numerous historical woodwind and brass instruments, mostly from the 18th and 19th-centuries. Here, visitors can learn about how the symphony orchestra was created. The highlight of the museum is a series of exotic and forgotten wind instruments, among them, three alphorns meant to be played by visitors.

The museum is based on the vast collection of Bernese citizen Karl Burri, who was a trained craftsman and salesman of musical instruments in Bern. The museum also acts as a research institution. Scholars from across the globe visit Klingende Sammlung to study instruments and understand the evolution of music. 

The most fascinating among all the instruments housed here are the Alphorns. These long, wind instruments are Swiss icons, with their invention dating back to the 16th-century. 

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The museum is open from Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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