If you have any curiosity about musicians, musical instruments and music technology, this is the place to visit. Organized by geography, there are modern and ancient instruments from Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. When you arrive at the admittance desk, you will receive earphones. At each display, the earphones will play examples of the music produced by the instruments you are viewing. There are areas featuring jazz, blue grass and rock music.It's really ingenious! In addition, there are rooms in which you can practice playing various percussion and keyboard instruments. You can also view the lab where they clean, repair and restore instruments as they arrive for display. There is an acoustically perfect auditorium in which visiting musicians and groups perform. You can get on their e-mail list to learn who is performing and reserve seats. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and set aside at least four hours to tour the entire display. If you get hungry, there is a fine café featuring light lunch items, beer and wine.
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