This is a really cool place. It has a vast collection of musical instruments, both modern and traditional, from dozens of cultures all around the world, divided into geographic areas. There are also traditional dance costumes from some areas. And finally, you are issued a set of earphones which automatically play a selection of traditional music from each area.
When I arrived there were at least a dozen school groups running around, but by lunchtime they had all left and I had the whole museum to myself.
Here are some photos from my visit.
Inside the museum
A Martin guitar from 1893. Made in Nazareth PA, my hometown.
The smallest violin I’ve ever seen
John Lennon’s piano
Alice Cooper’s stage costume, with decapitated head
Africa and the Middle East
An Ilu drum from the Yoruba people. The figure represents the twin spirit Ibeji.
A Sorud lute from the Baluchi people
A lamellaphone “thumb organ” from the Yaka people
Homemade guitars from South Africa
Muwhira dance costume from the Sotho people
Japanese Shakuhachi flute. Traditionally played by religious acolytes while seeking alms, they wear a basket over their head to symbolize their detachment from the material world.
Cambodian dance costumes
Vietnamese bronze drums
A homemade violin from Costa Rica
Aztec Tlalpanhuehuetl drum
Caribbean steel drums
Orchestral instruments made from recycled trash by students in Paraguay
United States and Canada
Native American “Pow Wow” drums
Inuit arm rattles made from walrus tusk
Pacific Northwest ceremonial rattles and masks
Swiss Alp Horn
Grand piano made for Tsar Nicholas I
The Who’s drum set, blown up during the Smothers Brothers TV show