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The musical instrument collection of the University of Edinburgh hasbeen a vital part of music pedagogy since its founding in the mid-19thcentury. Historically the instruments were used for classroom demonstrations inthe teaching of acoustics and music history, but over the generations, the roleof the Collection has changed. Today, Musical Instrument Museums Edinburgh isundergoing a dramatic transformation and our goal is to create a truly openuniversity museum. We are throwing open our doors, both physically andvirtually, by redeveloping our building to become a public museum. We will discusshow our plans blend the 18th-century ambience of St Cecilia’s Hallwith modern approaches to interpretation and display. By creating an exciting engagementprogramme we will appeal to both academic and public audiences. Students,faculty, researchers, and visitors can all connect with our collections as wereinvent object-based learning and use musical instruments as learningtechnology. We will continue to use innovative technology to understand ourobjects better and to share findings through our museum interpretation andonline access. Our expanded online presence will enable visitors andresearchers who are not able to travel to Edinburgh to participate and shareour unique learning opportunities. A layered approach will facilitateengagement by a wide range of virtual visitors with different needs. United,these approaches will create the first fully engaged museum at the Universityof Edinburgh.