Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments

Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, a division of the Yale School of Music, is a museum in New Haven, Connecticut.

It was established in 1900 by a gift of historic keyboard instruments from Morris Steinert, and later enriched in 1960 and 1962 by the acquisition of the Belle Skinner and Emil Herrmann collections. Initially housed under the dome of Woolsey Hall, it was moved in 1961 to a historic Romanesque structure on Hillhouse Avenue, constructed in 1895 for the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.CollectionsHighlight

s from the museum's holdings include keyboard instruments from three centuries, featuring an organ by John Snetzler (London,1742), harpsichords by Ruckers (Antwerp, 1640), Blanchet (Paris, c. 1740), and Taskin (Paris, 1770), a clavichord by Hoffman (Ronneburg, 1784), and pianos by Könnicke (Vienna, c. 1795), Boesendorfer (Vienna, c. 1830), and Érard (Paris, 1883). The Collection possesses stringed instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri, and Stainer. Also included are a number of historical wind instruments, world instruments, and a large collection of bells given in 1975 by Robyna Neilson Ketchum.

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New Haven, CT

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Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm


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