We’ve already seen all the highlights and must-see attractions of the city. Finally there was some time to visit places particularly interesting to me, so I left my companion and headed to my number one, which always is a museum of musical instruments.
Why musical instruments are so interesting?
I perfectly understand that for non-musicians such museums are surely one of the last choices, so even if the city is packed with tourists, some places remain almost empty and that was the case. Fortunately for me, it turned out that apart from a lady working at the exhibition there was only me, because I don’t like sightseeing in haste.
Theatre and Music Museum in Tallinn (Estonia)
Probably because of the lack of wild crowds of tourists, the lady was very friendly and soon became my personal guide, explaining the mysteries of different instruments, both classical and completely unusual ones. That was nice of her (I mean – she didn’t have to do it anyway) and I was truly surprised when after a few minutes of talking she asked me to leave the exhibition room. I was a little confused, but I listened to her. She began to tamper with some electronic equipment, then turned to me and said quietly: „They can’t see us now!”
I thought „OK… great, buuut… who are „they”?!” I really wondered what we were going to do there…
Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels (Belgium)
She asked me to come in again and we entered a piano room, full of different kinds of pianos, with particularly majestic, black one in the middle. I was explained that it was the first piano manufactured in that country. Then my guide opened the keyboard and simply started playing! And that was the moment I suddenly understood „they„ and „can’t see„. While I was out of the room she must have switched off the security cameras. The sound was clear and great. As soon as she finished playing I asked if I can try playing too. And she agreed!
Deutsche Museum in München (Germany)
I know that right now any comment like „it was a truly unique experience!” sounds trivial to a reader, but believe me, me and that three-legged black box have a history, and a very strong bond built on love, hate, joy (especially after the exams 😉 ), anger and tears. It was my „friend of choice” and „worst friend ever” at the same time for 9 years of my childhood.
Berlin Musical Instrument Museum (Germany)
It’s rather unusual to play any exhibit at the museum (except maybe modern museums or museums of science), especially if you keep in mind that this is the oldest example of its kind – it’s a little like riding a T-Rex 😉 but I loved that. We went out, the lady tampered with the equipment once again and announced “They can see us again!”. I nodded with understanding. The sightseeing continued in the traditional way…
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