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Highly regarded for the quality of its holdings, the Collection of Musical Instruments comprises nearly 1000 instruments from antiquity to the present.
A permanent exhibit of historical keyboard instruments is displayed on the building’s second floor, where twenty-eight clavichords, harpsichords, and pianos from the 16th through the 20th centuries are on view. An accompanying audio tour may be taken with personal smart phones or with the museum’s own mobile devices.
Temporary exhibits, as well as smaller displays of string, wind, and percussion instruments, are featured in the museum’s first-floor galleries.
Because of limited exhibition space, only some of the museum’s holdings are on view at any given time. Visitors are requested to write or telephone in advance to inquire if a particular instrument will be on display during the day or week of their anticipated visit.
Photography is permitted.