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Students encounter a one-of-a-kind collection of musical instruments and manuscripts at Schubert Club Museum in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Kate Cooper, director of education and museum, said the museum demonstrates the inspiring role of music through the ages by means of its collection and music-themed exhibits of historic and cultural interest.

“The Schubert Club Museum is a wonderful space for all, located in Saint Paul’s iconic Landmark Center,” Cooper said. “It is an interactive space, which offers visitors a reflection on the joys of music-making through the centuries.”

The museum is in the process of being redesigned to make it even more interactive. But Cooper said the museum will remain open throughout the process.

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“Cyclone” sculpture of instruments, Schubert Club Museum, Saint Paul, Minn.
Credit: Schubert Club Museum

Key exhibit areas include a massive “cyclone” sculpture of instruments from around the world, historic keyboards including a 17th-century Italian harpsichord, and music boxes and phonographs dating to 1890.

Playable originals and replicas of keyboards span the 17th to 20th centuries.

There’s also a traditional gamelan orchestra celebrating an over 1,000-year-old musical tradition from the islands of Bali and Java.

Tours can be guided or self-guided. Admission to the museum is free. Groups of five or more are encouraged to call ahead.

There is a place outside the building to unload motorcoaches, and motorcoaches are directed to an area about 1½ miles away to park.

For more information on Schubert Club Museum call 651-292-3266 or go to schubert.org/museum.

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