The evolution of sound at the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner


April 5, 2013 – Travel through the years with your ears by exploring the history of the creation, production, reproduction, recording and broadcasting of sound.

From Morse code to texting, gramophones to the telephone, the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner covers all things related to sound technology and displays the devices we use or have used to communicate it with over the years. The museum is named after the German inventor Emile Berliner, who set up his gramophone factory in Montréal just before the turn of the 20th century. Not only did he invent the gramophone and the first flat records, he also lent his expertise in the creation of a better transmitter (one of the first types of microphones) for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephones. Berliner’s records were the first sound recordings that could be mass-produced, making him a big music producer in his time.

The museum is located in the working-class neighbourhood of Saint-Henri (near the metro station of the same name) in the original Berliner Gramophone Company building. A treasure trove of some 30,000 objects, including a collection of over 8,000 records, awaits the technologically curious and music buffs of all ages. Celebrate sound and honour the inventor who envisioned its future by visiting this impressive collection of communications memorabilia. It’s one of the rare museums where you will not be asked to turn off your cellphone!