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The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments After an eight-month hiatus, the gallery devoted to Western musical instruments reopened in March 2010. It now showcases more than two hundred works of art drawn primarily from the Metropolitan's extensive holdings, among the most important in the world. The installation explores each work within its musical and cultural context, offers exciting comparisons of how individual makers realized the same concept, and introduces examples of the various instruments' developments. Among the wide range of objects on view—keyboard, string, percussion, woodwind, and brass instruments—a highlight is the famed "Batta" cello made in Cremona, Italy, by Antonio Stradivari (1644–1737), on loan from a private collection. The reinstallation also includes new acquisitions and objects from the permanent collection that have rarely been seen by the public.