National Accordion Centre

National Accordion Centre
National Accordion Centre
National Accordion Centre

Since 1987, the town of Tulle has instiga¬ted a policy of acquisitions concerning the accordion. Since 1994, various institutions have cooperated to create in Tulle a National Centre of the Accordion. The initial project has evolved greatly since 2003. The establishment, development, company history and memories of four accordion workshops in Correze are representative of the technological and market developments of the instrument. This Accordion Centre, with over 500 ins¬truments, has the largest public collection in Europe of free reed instruments. These in¬clude accordions, concertinas, bandonEons, melodeons and harmoniflutes, some mass produced and some one-off instruments once owned by famous musicians. Included in the collection are the personal be¬longings of the French musician Martin Cayla, thousands of scores, models, manufacturing machines, tools, posters, correspondence, documents and archives and a background soundtrack. A highlight is Yvette Horner’s dresses designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier for the Bicentenary of the Revolution. The wholely European instrument collection has items dating from 1832 to 1999. The predominantly French, Italian, German, Swiss and Belgian instruments present unique musical or aesthetic characteristics. At the moment, the Accordion Centre is not open to the public. The collections, either in storage or being classified, demand a worthy showcase in Tulle. A museum which cele¬brates the instruments and invites the public to see, hear and appreciate their musical heritage. Special visits for groups by request, including an overview of the history of the accordion in the Corrèze, the Musée de la Mémoire project and related industries in Tulle. Visits also possible as part of the Festival des Nuits de Nacre and the National Heritage Days initiative.

Contact information

8 rue du 9 Juin 1944
19000 TULLE
Tel. : 05 55 20 28 28
Fax : 05 55 20 28 82
Email : musee.accordeons@ville-tulle.fr
Website : http://culture.ville-tulle.fr/culture/musees-et-archives/pole-accordeons

Contact

8 rue du 9 Juin 1944
19000 TULLE
Tel. : 05 55 20 28 28
Email : musee.accordeons@ville-tulle.fr
Website : http://culture.ville-tulle.fr/culture/musees-et-archives/pole-accordeons

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