Our Collection Gallery


1966 Kunitachi College of Music purchased 27 instruments for the study of Renaissance and Baroque music performance with a scientific research grant from the Ministry of Education.
1967 Kunitachi College of Music acquired historical keyboard instruments, as well as about 30 Japanese instruments for Gagaku, Noh, and Koto music to enrich the collection for Japanese music studies.
1976 Kunitachi College of Music established the Music Research Institute and set up the Department for the Study of Musical Instruments equipped with 124 instruments and a private exhibition room. As one of its tasks, the collection of musical instruments began to be promoted.
1977 The instrument gallery became available to the public for one day each week.
1978 The Music Research Institute was expanded with a new exhibition room (290㎡ floor area), a storage room, and a research room.
1980 The Department for the Study of Musical Instruments was renamed the Collection of Musical Instruments.
1988 The Collection of Musical Instruments became independent from the Music Research Institute and renamed the Collection for Organology. The collection began its activities with the aim of carrying out academic research on musical instruments and contributing the results to the development of art, science, and education.
2016 Following seismic reinforcement work, the Collection for Organology was removed to a new building equipped with an exhibition room (442㎡ floor area), a storage room, a workshop, a studio, and an office.

Our Collection

at January 2022

Musical Instruments

2,558 instruments

  • East Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • South Asia
  • Southwest Asia
  • Africa
  • Former U.S.S.R.
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America
  • Oceania
  • Antarctic

Measurement Materials

Materials of Sound Analysis About 100


X-ray Photographs 98
Color Positive Films About 2,000

Data of Museums about Musical Instruments

Publication of Museums About 700

The Way to Use Our Collection

Our collection is widely used for the college's research and educational activities through exhibitions and public lectures.


There are mainly two areas in the gallery.
The Permanent Exhibition Area displays keyboard instruments, such as the 19th-century fortepiano, harpsichord and clavichord, as well as folk music instruments from around the world. The Special Exhibition Area holds themed exhibition in limited periods of time.