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Explore the Pressler Gallery

Move your cursor over and/or click on instruments in this gallery to learn more about them!


Entering the Pressler Gallery

The Pressler Gallery features Musical Treasures from the Age of Louis XIV, including more than 100 superb Austrian, Bohemian, Dutch, English, Flemish, French, German, Irish, Italian, Polish, Spanish, and Swiss instruments from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.



View looking northwest in the Pressler Gallery

The NMM's violin (1668) and tenor viola (ca. 1650) by Jakob Stainer are among the many priceless instruments featured in the Pressler Gallery.



Keyboards displayed in Pressler Gallery

Instruments featured on the Pressler Gallery stage include a 16th-century Italian harp, a harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers (Antwerp, 1643), a spinet by Charles Haward (London, 1689), an ornately painted Swiss house organ (1786), a Swiss tromba marina (ca. 1750), an elegant harp by Jean Henri Naderman (Paris, 1797), one of the oldest surviving keyboard instruments to be found anywhere—an octave virginal made in Naples (ca. 1520-1540), an octave virginal by Guarracino (Naples, 1694), a spinet by Silbermann (Strasbourg, 1785), a harpsichord by Joseph Kirckman (London, 1798), a grand piano by Matthew and William Stodart (London, 1795), a theorbo by Tielke (Hamburg, 1707), and many more!



View facing southwest in the Pressler Gallery

The NMM's collection of brass instruments made by 17th- and 18th-century Nürnberg makers, including members of the Ehe, Haas, and Steinmetz families, as well as Paul Hainlein, Johann Carl Kodisch, Michael Nagel, and Paulus Schmidt, are unique outside of Germany, and many examples of trumpets, trombones, and horns by these notable makers can be seen in the Pressler Gallery.



View facing south in the Pressler Gallery

The NMM's holdings of 17th- and 18th-century Dutch woodwind instruments by such makers as Richard Haka, Hendrik Richters, Philip Borkens, Abraham van Aardenberg, Jan Juriaensz van Heerde, and Jan Steenbergen, are unique outside of The Netherlands. Many examples of their work, along with historic instruments by noted French, German, and British makers such as Denner, Naust, Oberlender, Scherer, Hallet, and Grenser, can be seen in the numerous recorders, flutes, clarinets, oboes, and bassoons displayed in the Pressler Gallery.

For information about more of the instruments in this gallery, visit the NMM's Virtual Tour.

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Treble (Alto) Recorder by Jan Juriaensz van Heerde, Amsterdam, ca. 1670 Natural Trumpet in D by Johann Wilhelm Haas, Imperial City of Nürnberg, 1716-1723 Viola by Frantz Straub, Friedenweiler, Schwarzwald, ca. 1685 Guitar by Antoine Aubry, Mirecourt, 1779 Harp by Jean Henri Naderman, Paris, 1797 House organ by Josef Looßer, Lüppfertsweil, Gemeind Cappel, St. Gall (Switzerland), 1786 House organ by Josef Looßer, Lüppfertsweil, Gemeind Cappel, St. Gall (Switzerland), 1786 House organ by Josef Looßer, Lüppfertsweil, Gemeind Cappel, St. Gall (Switzerland), 1786 Violin by Jacob Stainer, Absam bei Innsbruck, 1668 Tenor Viola by Jacob Stainer, Absam bei Innsbruck, ca. 1650 Viola by Frantz Straub, Friedenweiler, Schwarzwald, ca. 1685 Natural Trumpet in D by Johann Wilhelm Haas, Imperial City of Nürnberg, 1716-1723 Harp by Jean Henri Naderman, Paris, 1797 Harp, northern Italy, ca. 1550 Guitar by Antoine Aubry, Mirecourt, 1779 Harp, northern Italy, ca. 1550 Harp by Jean Henri Naderman, Paris, 1797 Harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers, Antwerp, 1643 Harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers, Antwerp, 1643. Harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers, Antwerp, 1643. Spinet by Charles Haward, London, 1689 Spinet by Charles Haward, London, 1689 Octave virginal, Naples, ca. 1520-1540 House organ by Josef Looßer, Lüppfertsweil, Gemeind Cappel, St. Gall (Switzerland), 1786 House organ by Josef Looßer, Lüppfertsweil, Gemeind Cappel, St. Gall (Switzerland), 1786 House organ by Josef Looßer, Lüppfertsweil, Gemeind Cappel, St. Gall (Switzerland), 1786 House organ by Josef Looßer, Lüppfertsweil, Gemeind Cappel, St. Gall (Switzerland), 1786 Trumpet Marine (Trumscheit), Switzerland, ca. 1675-1750 Trumpet Marine (Trumscheit), Switzerland, ca. 1675-1750 Octave virginal by Onofrio Guarracino, Naples, 1694 Spinet by Johann Heinrich Silbermann, Strasbourg, 1785 Harpsichord by Joseph Kirckman, London, 1798 Harpsichord by Joseph Kirckman, London, 1798 Harpsichord by Joseph Kirckman, London, 1798 Grand piano by Matthew and William Stodart, London, 1795 Grand piano by Matthew and William Stodart, London, 1795 Grand piano by Matthew and William Stodart, London, 1795 Grand piano by Matthew and William Stodart, London, 1795 Long drum, Britain, 1714-1727 Theorbo by Joachim Tielke, Hamburg, 1707 Pair of timpani, Prussia or Bavaria, ca. 1660-1700 Natural Trumpet in D by Johann Wilhelm Haas, Imperial City of Nürnberg, 1716-1723 Basset Horn by Frantisek Doleisch I, Prague, 1793 Treble (Alto) Recorder by Jan Juriaensz van Heerde, Amsterdam, ca. 1670 Treble (alto) recorder by Johann Benedikt Gahn, Imperial City of Nürnberg, before 1711 Guitar by Antoine Aubry, Mirecourt, 1779 Tenor viola by Jacob Stainer, Absam bei Innsbruck, ca. 1650