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Currently on display in the foyer is a special exhibit, “Whirring Lathes, Dulcet Tones: Woodwind Making in Early 19th-century Connecticut and New York,” which presents instruments along with contemporary prints and documents. Our “Featured Instrument of the Month” also is found in the foyer.
First Floor East Gallery
The permanent exhibit of European and American string and wind instruments is located here. The depth of the Collection’s holdings allows for rotation of examples on display. Currently the recently acquired Andrew F. Petryn Collection of String Instruments is on display in this gallery.
First Floor South Gallery
A selection from among the over 180 objects in the Robyna Neilson Ketchum Collection of Bells is currently on display.
Second Floor Gallery
The museum’s second floor gallery houses the permanent exhibit, “Music at Hand: Keyboard Instruments from Four centuries” which includes organs, clavichords, harpsichords and pianos. An accompanying audio tour is provided, which presents narrative descriptions and musical examples performed on instruments on display that have been restored to playing condition.
With its excellent acoustics this gallery is also used as a hall for the annual series of concerts, many of which feature the keyboard instruments that have been restored to fine playing condition.