Exhibitions/ The New Violin Family

The New Violin Family: Augmenting the String Section

May 10, 2002–March 30, 2003
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

The mysteries behind making a violin sound like a violin are explored in this exhibition. Featuring thirteen instruments, including a famous Hutchins Violin Octet, the exhibition chronicles the work of Dr. Carleen Maley Hutchins (b. Springfield, Massachusetts, 1911), a luthier and acoustical scientist who pioneered modern techniques of violin making. A model depicting her scientific process of plate tuning is also on display.

The exhibition is partially funded by The Amati, Friends of the Department of Musical Instruments.