Ringve has two main exhibitions: The exhibition in the Barn which is open all year and the exhibition in the Manor. The Manor can only be visited with one of the museum guides in the summer season, so take a look at our scheduled tours when planning your visit.
Exhibition in the Barn
Here you can wander around among a multitude of instruments from all around the world. Pick up an audio guide and hear exciting stories and musical treats of your choice. In the exhibition in the Barn we present some of the many various phenomena of music history such as the development of the public musical life through the musical societies, the private music making in the homes of the middle- and upper classes in the 1800s, the introduction of the new era with the invention of the piano 300 years ago, the growth of jazz in the 1920s and -30s and the first decades of rock- and pop music. Further, the exhibition demonstrates how sound is made, even up to the electronic instruments of today. Open all year.
Exhibition in the Manor
Our talented musical guides take you through music history demonstrating historical instruments. Just imagine the original sound of a house organ made in the 18th century and a self-playing piano from 1917. The interiors date back to the 1880’s and provides a suitable setting to enjoy the tour. The Manor can only be visited with one of the museum guides, and a guided tour lasts about 45 minutes. Season: April – October due to climatic conditions.
Upcoming exhibition: Chopin – Tellefsen
The exhibition explores general relationships between national and cosmopolitan identities. Exhibition period: April 10th – September 14th, 2014. Read more ›
National instrument of the month
Have you ever wondered why the Hardanger fiddle is considered typically Norwegian? Why are certain musical instruments delineated as national instruments, while others are not? This year we will look closer at the phenomenon ‘national instrument’ ›