Actually, it was Askold’s parents who started the collection. As frequent travellers, they always had a burning interest in the culture of other countries. And they developed a very special passion for musical instruments from all around the world.
“My parents infected me,” laughs Askold zur Eck. He inherited his curiosity and collector’s passion for musical instruments, which he exhibits in the People’s Musical Instrument Museum, from his parents. And also, some of the strange and unique instruments that are on show here in St. Gilgen.
For many of the more than 4,200 instruments, Askold zur Eck had to research for a long time to learn how to play the instrument. But his curiosity also helped him with this. Askold has mastered the majority of the instruments and in his guided tours through this world of music also shows how music from distant lands sounds.
His guests spend several hours in his Instrument Universe in St. Gilgen, while Askold plays the instruments and tells stories of how the instruments came into his collection.
Askold zur Eck has himself travelled on many trips to look for new artefacts for his museum. But why did the museum open its doors in St. Gilgen? “Because we found a place here and were met with open ears for our project,” says Askold. It has also helped that Askold’s family has, for many years, been coming to St. Gilgen on holiday and felt particularly comfortable here.
People’s Musical Instrument Museum in St. Gilgen
In the Culture House
5340 Sankt Gilgen