Compiled by Jeroen Nijhof.
Please let me know if you find any errors, or if you know of a link that should be included!

Museums & Collections

  • Akkordeon-Museum.de is a virtual accordion museum, set up by Martin Zettel, with photos, information, and often sound samples for a collection of accordions -- mostly Hohners.
  • Museo Etnografico "Francesco Bande" is named after organetto (diatonic accordion player) Francesco Bande, and it displays some of his accordions
  • Bayerland Harmonikas, (in German) from Hemau, Germany, owned by Konrad Rahm, makes Steyrische accordions and piano accordions. They also sell second hand instruments. They have a museum too, with over 300 instruments.

  • The Musical instruments museum in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Raccolta museale di fisarmoniche in Camerano (in Italian) (near Castelfidardo) is a collection in Camerano Town Hall. It constists of accordions made between early 20th-century and the 1940s by local manufacturers such as Scandalli and Soprani.
  • The International Accordion Museum, Castelfidardo Another page for the International Accordion Museum, Castelfidardo, And two pages for the Castelfidardo accordion museum (in Italian) at the commune di Castelfidardo (in Italian) website. An Accordions Worldwide interview with its director, Beniamino Bugiolacchi

  • Sehnsucht aus dem Blasebalg (in German) was an exhibition / is an online exhibition in the Schloßbergmuseum in Chemnitz.
  • Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly collects many things, including accordions: He's got a collection of over 300 of them, most which are in a studio in his home town of Tacoma.
  • CIMCIM is the International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections. Amongst others, the website has an International Directory of Musical Instrument Collections.

  • The Cleveland Accordion Museum, a private accordion museum in the house of Jack and Kate White. An article about their Squeezebox Shrine
  • Djurs Harmonika Museum is a private accordion museum in Ørsted, owned by Jacob and Kirsten Eden. It has a collection of some 550 accordions, bandoneons and concertinas on display, from between 1838 and 1950.
  • The Musée de l'accordéon in Montmagny, Quebec, presents various expositions to show the multiple facets of the accordion to the general public. Amongst others it shows the various stages in the production of an accordion, and a history of the instrument, with amongst others 'experimental' instruments from the last century like the mélophone and the harmoniflûte

  • The Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments includes four concertinas, two melodeons and three flutinas.
  • The Finnish Accordion Institute publishes CDs, LPs, sheet music, books, etc. It also has an accordion museum, and September 18 - 22, 2001 it organised the first International Lasse Pihlajamaa Competition.
  • The Porphyry and Hagström Museum in Älvdalen, Sweden, has two collections: one about the type of rock, the other one about Hagström instruments (accordions and guitars) [ the page is in Swedish, but there's a link to an English leaflet]

  • The Harmonikazentrum (in German) in Graz, Austria, is a study centre for accordions. It contains a collection of accordions, as well as a library and and a music collection. They also organise talks (every few months or so).
  • Hønefoss Accordion Museum (in Norwegian) in Hønefoss, Norway, with amongst others Henschien accordions and information about the Henschien accordion factory that was located in the town. The Horniman Museum in London houses the Neil Wayne collection of over 600 concertinas and related free reed instruments (plus a few others). They also own Neil Wayne's and Steve Dickinson's collections of Wheatstone Concertina ledgers. Amongst others, they make it possible to date most Wheatstones by their serial number. The Dickinson Archives, which cover 1910 to 1974 (and serial numbers 25000 to 37083 for Englishes and 55492 to 59498 for Anglos), are available online from the above link, or on CD-ROM. The Wayne Archives, which cover 1840 to 1890 with some gaps, will be made available at a later date.

  • The Carl Jularbo Museum in Avesta, Sweden, dedictated to Swedish accordionist king Carl Jularbo (1893 - 1966) A listing for the Carl Jularbo (in Swedish) at the Swedish music centre.
  • Karlsson Musik's accordion museum in Fjärås, Sweden, exhibits some 100 old accordions, as well as some newer special models
  • The Music and winter sports museum in Klingenthal, the Dr.-Giers-Haus, has an exhibition on the history of the production of musical instruments in the Klingenthal region, as well as a collection of instruments.

  • Raymond Laforest ( 1935 - 2008 ) from Jones Falls, Canada, had a collection of over 400 accordions -- pictures of some 250 of them on the website.
  • The collection of the musical instruments museum in Markneukirchen, (in German) Germany, includes a giant 1.80m high piano accordion. This instrument, with 128 keys and 423 bass buttons (360 sounding) was played by a group of six girls in the Doorlay Revue, between 1938 and 1940.
  • The Moeginomura museum (Hall of Halls) in Kiyosato, Japan, has a collection of automatical musical instruments, amongst which a French player accordion from 1928, with a doll modeled after Tino Rossi

  • The The Mirek Russian Accordion Museum, (formerly the Accordion museum in the Scientific Library at Moscow State University) part of the Moscow City Museum, is based on the collection of Prof. Alfred Mirek. It includes instruments, documents, photos, posters, etc. A review of the Mirek Russian Accordion museum (in Russian)
  • De Muse (in Dutch, French, German, English, and Portuguese) is Henk Kuik's accordion shop and museum, in Malden, near Nijmegen. Every first and third Sunday of the month there are concerts in the museum café. Henk Kuik also repairs and tunes accordions.
  • The Musikmuseet (in Swedish) in Stockholm has a few accordions and concertinas (in Swedish) in their collection.

  • Richard Nixon's Birthplace, where he learned to play the violin, the clarinet, the saxophone and the accordion. Larry Taulbee mentioned to rec.music.makers.squeezebox: Nixon did play. One of the classic cartoons in the wake of the Watergate scandal (and the famous 18 minute gap in the TAPES) shows Mr. Nixon with a portable tape recorder hanging from a strap around his neck, his right hand on the "keys". The caption says: I don't know what happened, I was just trying to play "Hail to the Chief" on my accordion. According to Faith Deffner, his daughters took accordion lessons as well. It's also interesting that presidential hopeful Ross Perot studied accordion as a youngster and possibly still plays.
  • The Musée de l'accordéon (in French) in Siran, in the Auvergne in France
  • Civic Accordion Museum "Mariano Dallape" in Stradella, Italy, contains a documentary area, a craftman's workshop, and a vast display of instruments. Another site about the Civic Accordion Museum "Mariano Dallape". A photo album of items in the collection of the Stradella Accordion Museum, (in Italian) including accordions, tuning tables, and many other tools, many from the inventory of the Fratelli Crosio factory

  • The SDR (Sveriges Dragspelares Riksförbund)'s site lists Accordion museums in Sweden (in Swedish)
  • The Museum of Folk Instruments in Szydłowiec, (in Polish) Poland, has a collection of accordions and concertinas. An English page about the Museum of Folk Instruments in Szydłowiec
  • The Deutsches Harmonika-Museum, the German "Harmonica" Museum in Trossingen, has nearly 25.000 different harmonicas. A permanent display of 500 square metres also shows a large variety of piano and diatonic accordions as well as the history of these instruments.

  • The Musée du Cloître (in French) in Tulle (in Corrèze, France -- the home of Maugein) has some 150 accordions and other free-reed instruments on display.
  • Helmi Harrington's World of Accordions Museum is now located in Superior, Wisconsin: the previous location in Duluth was getting too small. In addition to about 1,000 accordions, the collection includes hundreds of thousands of music manuscripts, as well as many books and works of art that relate to accordions. The museum also regularly hosts concerts.
  • Harmonikamuseum Zwota (in German) from Germany contains a large number of accordions, concertinas, bandoneons and harmonicas, mostly produced in the Vogtland region.