Our collection of musical instruments primarily consists of string and wind instruments: including harps, lutes, violins, flutes, horns and trumpets. The Schaudepot presents a small sample of the 240 instruments in our stores. The Leydecker harpsichord (on the left side of the display case) is one-of-a-kind: made by the court organ builder Johann Leydecker in 1755, this instrument is one of the few remaining ones with a Viennese bass octave. The glass harmonica on the right behind the harpsichord is relatively unknown: a series of glass bowls of different sizes are threaded onto an iron spindle. A pedal is used to make the spindle rotate. Sound is produced through friction by touching the rims of the bowls with water-moistened fingers. 

History Museum

Sackstraße 16
8010 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9800


Opening Hours
10. April 2021 to 31. October 2021 Mon-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm
01. November 2021 to 31. December 2021 Wed-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm
02. January 2022 to 31. December 2022 Wed-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

Due to the current Covid regulations, the number of participants for guided tours is limited in all houses of the Universalmuseum Joanneum. We therefore ask you to make a reliable reservation in advance at +43-316/8017 9810.


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