The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum ®

January 16 through June 5, 2016

Immerse Yourself in the Sights and Sounds of Perfection. . . .

On view only at MIM, this one-of-a-kind exhibition introduces the story of how early violin makers from the northern Italian city of Cremona shaped music from the sixteenth century onward. See and hear timeless masterpieces that were handcrafted by master luthiers, including Andrea Amati, the founding father of the violin; the rogue genius Guarneri del Gesù; and the master himself—Antonio Stradivari. The exhibition includes several modern-day masterworks that demonstrate the continuing influence of Cremona’s early masters.

The History of the Violin Brought to Life as Never Before

Stunning video footage will immerse you into the life of the violin. Your journey starts in the Fiemme Valley forest, where the early masters sourced their wood, and then moves on to the many places where violins come to life. These include the courts of European royalty, whose patronage inspired our enduring fascination with instruments of the string family; the cobblestoned streets of Cremona and the workshops of expert violin makers who call the city “home”; and the science labs where researchers try to unlock the tangible and intangible features of the violin’s sound. Your final destination is the concert stage, where exceptional musicians bring these instruments to life through music.



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