The Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments is committed to fostering the understanding and appreciation of musical instruments from all cultures.
One of the foremost institutions of its kind, the Collection acquires, preserves, and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present, featuring restored examples in demonstration and live performance. It provides access to and disseminates information about its holdings to Yale
students, faculty, and staff; to scholars, musicians, and instrument makers; and to the broader public.
An important resource for the music curricula of the University, the Collection serves as a laboratory for courses in the history of musical instruments and as a supplemental archive for courses taught in the arts and sciences.
The Collection maintains regular public visiting hours and presents an annual series of concerts as well as lectures, demonstrations, gallery talks, and other special events.