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Explore the Abell Gallery
Move your cursor over and/or click on instruments in this gallery to learn more about them!
European and American keyboard instruments from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries are displayed in the Abell Gallery, including the earliest surviving piano by a Portuguese maker (Manuel Antunes, Lisbon, 1767) and the earliest French grand piano (Louis Bas, Villeneuve les Avignon, 1781), both with Cristofori-style actions. A pipe organ by Christian Dieffenbach (Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1808) dominates the north wall, in contrast to a miniature virginal (Franciscus Vaninus, Bologna, 1672) on display in the center of the gallery.
View from back of the Abell Gallery, looking toward the lobby.
For more information about the instruments in this gallery, visit the NMM's Virtual Tour.
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