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March 9, 2000 – October 21, 2001
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Location: International Gallery, Sublevel 3
To commemorate the 300th anniversary of the piano, invented circa 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1732), this exhibition examines the influence of the piano and highlights the American History Museum's distinguished collection. On view are almost two dozen instruments from the museum's collection; manuscripts by such composers as Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin, and Ellington; tools; photographs; play bills; sheet music; and other memorabilia.