With one of the world’s most significant collections of acoustic gramophones and vintage audio equipment, the Gramophone Museum pays homage to our enduring love affair with analogue music – and the eternal quest for the perfect sound.
The museum boasts some of the finest sound reproduction equipment of the past 140 years, from Thomas Edison’s pioneering phonographs to intricate handmade gramophones, reel-to-reel tape recorders, vintage jukeboxes, portable music players, and even a spooky selection of ‘talking dolls’.
The centrepiece of the museum is an exceedingly rare collection of EMG and EXPERT Handmade Gramophones, distinguished by their giant papier-appliqué horns, which are widely considered the best acoustic gramophones ever made.
The Gramophone Museum’s main aim is to get music lovers up close and personal with the remarkable music-making equipment of yesteryear – and every exhibit and machine in the museum can be accessed and played.
The museum library holds over 100,000+ musical recordings in every recording format from Edison’s Tinfoil to modern digital formats. The artists range from Dame Nellie Melba on 78rpm shellac records to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard on newly released vinyl.
Amongst its many discographies are, a huge collection of Australian Country & Western music on shellac 78’s and a dedicated sister site on the great crooner Al Bowlly.