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Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

15 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06511-6823
+1 203-432-0822
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Hidden Gem

A small but carefully-curated museum. Best for music lovers. Underrated, underfunded, but they... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
New York
Great collection

Great collection with rare instruments. Actually one of the best universities collections of... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
Roberto D
Harmony, United States
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One of the foremost institutions of its kind, the Collection acquires, preserves, and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present, featuring restored examples in demonstration and live performance.
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  • Average5%
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“piano” (5 reviews)
“harpsichord” (2 reviews)
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

A small but carefully-curated museum. Best for music lovers. Underrated, underfunded, but they triumph in what they've accomplished.

Thank nytexano
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Great collection with rare instruments. Actually one of the best universities collections of musical instruments in the United States

Thank Roberto D
Reviewed 14 June 2017

My daughter suggested a stop at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments during a warm walk around Yale's campus. It turned out to be a nice respite, both as an escape from the heat and a quiet, relaxing educational experience. The collections on this day...More

Thank CompleteCC
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

A unique collection of musical instruments on display of the Yale campus. Colorful staff make this beautiful building fully accessible for a memorable experience.

Thank Charles_Schuchert
Reviewed 26 November 2016

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments is an incredible treasure trove for the musically inclined. The downstairs two rooms are mostly bells, stringed instruments, and woodwinds, but the real jewels of the collection are upstairs, showing the progression of the modern-day harpsichord and grand piano...More

1  Thank giorgio11
Reviewed 29 February 2016

The Collection of Musical Instruments has a wide range of historical instruments with deep holdings in stringed instruments, harpsichords, and pianos. It is considered by cognoscenti to be one of the greatest such collections in the world.

Thank Panajody
Reviewed 2 February 2016

I never knew this museum existed and found it quite by accident while walking one day. You will be blown away at the instruments contained in this museum. Nothing I am sure you have ever seen before and I am told sometimes there are concerts...More

1  Thank Corcoroni
Reviewed 26 October 2015

We went for a free tour one afternoon. Our docent was wonderful - her passion for the various instruments was infectious, and she had interesting stories about the instruments as well.

Thank Providence_RITom
Reviewed 3 September 2015

Excellent collection of all types of instruments and many stages of their development. Of particular interest is the collection of the precursors to the piano.

Thank 633sailor
Reviewed 9 June 2015

I really likes this museum. I made time to get there. Please be aware that they are not open everyday, but it is worthwhile to make the time to visit. rare and historical instruments of all kinds.

Thank Askcharles
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