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Musical Instruments

Appleton Pipe Organ

The Museum's collection of musical instruments includes approximately five thousand examples from six continents and the Pacific Islands, dating from about 300 B.C. to the present. It illustrates the development of musical instruments from all cultures and eras. Selected for their technical and social importance as well as for their tonal and visual beauty, the instruments may be understood in a number of ways: as art objects, as ethnographic record, and as documents of the history of music and performance.

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Syrian Art at the Met

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The situation in Syria is both grave and deeply troubling. In the midst of such striking human suffering, all other concerns can easily get lost in the shadows. But we must believe that there will be a time when peace returns to Syria, and when that moment arrives, it would be tragic to find that most of the country's heritage had been lost.

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Curator Interview: Armadillo-Shell Charango or Jarana

Jennette Mullaney, Former Associate Email Marketing Manager, Digital Media

Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

On view in the Musical Instruments galleries is an arresting stringed object, an armadillo shell for its back. Ken Moore, the Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of Musical Instruments, spoke with me about this work.

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Ringo Starr's Gold Drum on View at Met Museum

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

On July 7, Ringo Starr's seventieth birthday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will inaugurate a special display of his gold-plated snare drum that will remain on view through December 2010 in the Museum's second-floor Musical Instruments Galleries. On loan from Ringo Starr, it was originally presented to him by the Ludwig Drum Company during The Beatles' 1964 visit to Chicago when the legendary rock group was on its first tour of the United States.

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Musical Instruments and More

Ken Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge, Department of Musical Instruments

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Last Tuesday, we unlocked the doors of the Musical Instruments galleries, which had been closed for an eight-month hiatus while roof work was performed on the American Wing side of our galleries. During that time we refreshed the appearance of the European instrument gallery. A new paint job, better internal case lighting, reframed case doors, and a redefined arrangement of the display now offers our visitors an enhanced experience of the instruments.

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Musical Instruments Galleries Reopen Today

Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2010

After an eight-month hiatus, The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments reopen today. They feature a refreshed and reinstalled presentation of the Museum's renowned collection of Western musical instruments that showcases more than 230 works.

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