Carolina Music Museum

516 Buncombe Street (at Heritage Green), Greenville, SC 29601 - United States





Carolina Music Museum’s collection of hundreds of historic instruments—harpsichords, pianos, woodwinds, and more—includes a 1575 Baffo Italian Virginal spinet, a 1761 Kirkman Double Manual Harpsichord owned by Queen Charlotte, early 20th century Tibetan Monastic telescopic trumpets on loan from the National Music Museum, and traditional West African instruments. We hold regular concerts by diverse and renowned musicians and ensembles.

In spring 2020, we will become the “Sigal Music Museum” thanks to a generous gift of the expansive Marlowe A. Sigal Collection. The museum is a 501(c)3 organization founded by Greenville arts advocates a with a goal to create the leading center for preserving and celebrating global musical narratives. The museum resides in the only remaining building of the 1930’s Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Our visitors include music aficionados, students, and tourists from across the country and world.


See the Carolina Music Museum’s brand new exhibition “Trumpets: Weird and Wonderful,” which considers the cross-cultural presence of the trumpet and trumpet-like instruments throughout history. Guest curated by Sabine Klaus of the National Music Museum, the exhibition explores the instruments through function, ownership, and design. Originally owned by local collectors Dr. Joe & Joella Ultey of Spartanburg, the instruments are now held at the National Music Museum and are on loan to the Carolina Music Museum. “Trumpets: Weird and Wonderful” will be on display through Spring of 2020.

"Seven Centuries of Keyboard Instrumetns", will be a musical tour like no other—taking the visitor through important keyboard developments, from the early fourteenth century with the ‘Eschequer d’ Anglis’ or English Chekker, to the harpsichord and clavichord, and forward to the eighteenth and nineteenth century piano, and finally electric keyboard instruments of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Visitors will likely be surprised and delighted to see and hear not only instruments known to Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin, but keyboards of a type used by The Animals, Led Zeppelin, and even TV show themes such as Seinfeld!

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