Rediscover Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments

MIM‘s newest exhibition, Rediscover Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments, highlights instrumental moments in music history as 28 new acquisitions and loans of historical significance join some of the treasured instruments—including the Erard grand piano, Amati violin, ancient Mesopotamian lyre fragments, and Jimi Hendrix’s Black Widow electric guitar—that helped shape this remarkable special exhibition.

The Rarest Historical Instruments

The new acquisitions and loans include some of the rarest examples of their kind, including one of only four existing Hochbrucker pedal harps, “the first ukulele” handcrafted in 1879, and a beautifully crafted hitoyogiri that is one of only two existing Japanese flutes known to have been owned and treasured by Emperor Go-Daigo of Japan (1288–1339). With each of these treasures comes an incredible story. These musical narratives unfold through videos of notable artists performing with some of the instruments on display.

Stunning Modern-Day Treasures

The exhibition also features modern instruments, including ones played by legends, like Eric Clapton’s famed 1956 Fender Stratocaster “Brownie,” a 1958 Gibson Flying V electric guitar played by guitar virtuosos including Joe Bonamassa and Eric Johnson, as well as Prince’s “Black Power” bass and his purple grand piano.

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