Thursday, January 05, 2012

The Musical Instrument Museum

I had not heard of this museum until my mom mentioned it to me and treated the kids and I to a visit to it today. I have to say, it is a pretty awesome museum! I was so surprised at their collection...mechanical instruments and their history, TONS of instruments from artists (like Eric Clapton's guitar, Elvis's bongo drums, a drum played in China for the 2008 Summer Olympics), instruments from around the world (from over 200 countries) and an interactive room where you are permitted to "gently play" some instruments. Oh, and they provide complementary headsets that automatically turn on and off at each specific instrument, e.g. listen to a Steinway piano play, listen to woman from Kazakhstan play the Kyl Kobyz (bowed lute). The kids enjoyed the headsets and listening to all of the different kinds of music. So did the Mama and Grammy ;)

These are just a "few" pictures I selected to post, out of the 241 pictures I took. Yes, I went overboard and snapped a pic, here and there ;) Enjoy!

Grammy and the kids (Suzan, Jared, Brielle, Bethany and Anna) ready for our museum tour :)First off, the section of mechanical instruments. Here, a mechanical mouth organ. Wow! I didn't know they made roller trumpets!A mini roller pianoSuzan listening to the music :)Bethany :)The kids and Grammy listeningThis is one huge mechanical dance organ! It comes from Belgium.A barrel organ from Ukraine. Despite its compact size, it is one of the loudest instruments in the museum.A barrel organ from Norway, dated 1893 and made by Christian Tharaldsen, Norway's most prolific barrel-organ builder in late-19th-century.Next, the section of artists' instruments. Here, Eric Clapton's guitarDrums from the Black Eyed PeasRemember that awesome opening ceremony display at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China? Here's 1 of the 2008 drums the drummers played!A 3-neck guitar made especially for Steve VaiOh, just a guitar that Elvis played ;)"Uhh hu!" A costume of Elvis'sElvis's Army fatigue shirt and bongos, given to him as a holiday present from Priscilla shortly after they metGuitar from the Jonas BrothersThird, viewing instruments from all over the world, 200+ countries to be specific. Here, the Kyl bobyz, or bowed lute, from KazakhstanHere's how you play it :)Dress from Mongolia, worn during a traditional music ceremonyA taiko, or double-headed barrel drum, from JapanPeruvians wear this during the Scissors Dance. And yes, those are scissors - cool!In the background is a cutaway of a Steinway & Sons grand piano. Here, we're watching/listening to how a Steinway piano is built. Very cool!Suzan in front of a 1/4-size violin. The violin was so tiny and cute! Can I have 4 of them, please? :DWow! Those Norwegians know how to gild a violin!Lastly, we head to the experience section of the museum where patrons can play instruments. After ~2hrs the kids needed some "play time"...JaredSuzan. I think she got the most "into it" with these instruments ;)BrielleAnnaAnna and the gong :) That gong was so cool to play!BethanyJared with the gong, nowWhew! That's a LOT of pictures! Both my mom and I said the same thing when we left..."there's a lot to see in there! and i don't think we saw it all!" Our 2.5hrs just touched the tip of the iceberg there ;)

Very cool and awesome! Thank you again Grammy! :)
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