The MFA’s Musical Instrument Collection was founded in 1917—celebrate this centennial milestone in an evening of special drop-in musical performances all over the Museum! Hear music throughout the galleries, from fanfares played on 19th-century trumpets on the Grand Staircase to a strolling accordionist, all played on musical instruments from the collection. Most performances take place in galleries relating to the instruments. Discover the joy and beauty of music at the MFA’s Art in Tune.

Gallery 152: English Regency

Instruments: Portable Irish harp and English dital harp

Performer: Nancy Hurrell

Gallery 251: 19th-Century European Paintings

Instruments: French flutes and guitars
Performers: Peter H. Bloom and Olav Chris Henriksen

Gallery 133: The New Nation
Instruments: New England violin, viola, and cello
Performers: Brian Clague, Jayme Kurland, and Javier Caballero

Gallery 326: American Modernism

Instruments: Electric violin and lap steel guitar

Performers: Mimi Rabson and Norman Zocher

Gallery 176: South Asia

Instruments: Indian sarod (lute) and tabla (drums)

Performers: George Ruckert and Jerry Leake

Gallery 275: Chinese Ceramics
Instrument: Chinese pipa (lute) (1891)
Performer: Kevin Zhen

Gallery 110: Ancient Near East

Instrument: Turkish oud
Performer: Malcolm Barsamian

Gallery 215: Ancient Greece

Instruments: Greek lyra (fiddle) and laouto (lute)
Performers: Beth Bahia Cohen and Vasileios Kostas

Gallery 103: Musical Instruments
Instruments: French harpsichord, English piano, German clavichord, and American electric piano
Performers: Peter Sykes with Masha J. Davey

Sharf Visitor Center, Shapiro Family Courtyard, Linde Family Wing
Instruments: Accordions
Performer: Cory Pesaturo

Grand Staircase
Instruments: Three English natural trumpets
Performers: Chris Belluscio, Paul Perfetti, and Robin Pyle