The Municipal Museum of Żywiec – The Old Castle
The Museum's collection of folk instruments gathers over 120 objects from the region of Żywiec, acquired over the institution's eighty years of existence. Taking the pride of place are instruments making up a traditional Żywiec highlander band, that is violins and bagpipes (dudy), and shepherd instruments such as wooden folk trumpets (trombita), horns, flutes, pipes, whistles and bird call whistles. A great majority of them (with only a few exceptions) have been built by amateur local makers, who deserve all the praise for their work. Many of the instruments are the fruits of competitions for folk instrument makers co-organised by the Museum in 1980, 1983 and 2012, as a result of which a good deal of forgotten instruments were reconstructed and may now be built by contemporary makers.