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V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection


1825 Chapel Hill Rd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 402-0864
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Photo of Reecee Reecee
Jun 25, 2018 5

Photo of fred freitag fred freitag
May 28, 2018 4

So disappointed they were closed

Photo of Linda Daugherty Linda Daugherty
Mar 29, 2018 5

Vince is so passionate about his collection that you can't help but be drawn in. We are not tuba players but we enjoyed the tour.

Photo of Ralph Griesenbeck Ralph Griesenbeck
Oct 28, 2017 4

If you love the tuba the collection is amazing with examples going back to the invention of the instrument. The collection is vast but there's not a lot of information available on the history and it would be nice to understand and hear the difference between the special tubas or euphoniums.

Photo of Tamra Lee Tamra Lee
Jul 29, 2021 5

It was very educational and fun to see and hear about all the different kinds of tubas and sousaphones. :)

Photo of Annie G Annie G
Aug 5, 2021 5

Jim provided us with an exuberant service, and was willing to take the time out of his day to come to us even though we had no appointment, unfortunately we were not able to make it in the end, but will definitely be back!! :)

Photo of angelica gandolfo angelica gandolfo
Apr 18, 2021 5

I think of the tuba museum and Vincent often, just great all around.

Photo of Zachary Tumlin Zachary Tumlin
Mar 26, 2022 5

Worth a visit. Vincent spent 1.5 hours with us on a Saturday, which was far longer than I expected, but would have liked some time just to browse (as well as take photos/video). Clearly something he has invested a portion of his life into. Better organized than I expected. Hope it can continue and maybe even become nicer (glad it survived the pandemic). Great unique place in Durham.

Photo of Woody Feffer Woody Feffer
Mar 23, 2020 5

I'll be honest, when my wife said she wanted to go to a tuba museum and that a weekend visit was $25 I was pretty sure I was going to HATE it. Boy oh boy did I eat my words! I was expecting to be let into a room full of instruments and left to just look at them on my own. Instead Vincent welcomed us in and proceeded to give us the best tour I may have had anywhere! He's incredibly knowledgeable, and makes learning about these instruments engaging and very interesting. If you have any interest in musical instruments, history or just like the show "How It's Made" you'll love this museum!

Photo of Dylan Brown Dylan Brown
Apr 26, 2022 5

Absolutely fascinating! Vince is incredibly passionate and knows more about tubas than probably anyone else on earth. We aren't even tuba players, and we loved the tour. Easily one of the best museum experiences we've ever had, at one of the most unique establishments we've ever seen. Absolutely 10/10 recommend.

Photo of Michael Russel Michael Russel
May 18, 2022 5

This is a hidden gem of North Carolina (and really the United States). This is a must-visit for tuba or low brass musicians. Vincent (who conducts each tour) was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the tuba and the changes the tuba has undergone, including the differences by country, manufacturer, etc. Absolutely breathtaking to see so many tubas in one place, make sure you schedule a tour and check this place out! The pictures do not do it justice.