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Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

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Address: 15 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06511-6823
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+1 203-432-0822
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 13:00 - 16:00

One of the foremost institutions of its kind, the Collection acquires,...

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

Reviewed 4 days ago
Killingworth, Connecticut
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Killingworth, Connecticut
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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.

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Bristol, VA
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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 from their forebears of several centuries previous. There is a nice audio guided tour on... More 

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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
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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 on the antique spinettes located upstairs. Finely carved instruments that will take your breath away.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed 27 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
DuPage County, Illinois
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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.

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 10 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.

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Newport News, Virginia
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Reviewed 26 May 2015

While walking on campus, you might as well stop by - it's free. The small "museum" had an eclectic assortment of musical instruments. If you are really into instruments you will love this place. I have only a passing interest so I looked and stayed about 10 minutes. The first room had mostly bells. The second room had stringed instruments... More 

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Reviewed 6 April 2015

Good collection of pianos..the brochure is also quite informative. It is closed for 2 hours in afternoon but when I inquired with the manager he was very helpful to allow me as I had to return bach next day...

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 28 February 2015

I love music and old musical instruments and therefore I was intrigued when I learnt Yale University had a collection of musical instruments. The collection is not too far from the touristic center of New Haven but it has odd opening hours (1 to 4 PM Tuesday – Saturday, 1 to 5 PM on Sundays, closed on Mondays). I made... More 

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