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Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos


Tactile Tours of Piano 300


The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is making increasing efforts to make its exhibitions accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision. The museum offers a new "touching" tour focusing on Piano 300: Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos, an exhibition that examines the history of the piano and its contribution to American culture.

The tour features tactile and audio components including a wall of piano parts, action models demonstrating the mechanics of the piano and a demonstration of several of the 26 keyboards on display. Tour participants are encouraged to touch a select group of these keyboards. The exhibition also features two listening stations where visitors can listen to recordings by famous pianists and composers.

The tour is offered monthly. Reservations are required at least three days in advance of tour dates. Reservations will be on a first come, first served basis. The text of the exhibition script and brochure are available on audiocassette. Please call (202) 357-1481 for tour dates and more information, to make a reservation, and for copies of the audiotape.

The Piano 300 exhibition will be on view at the Smithsonian International Gallery (1100 Jefferson Drive on the National Mall) through June 2001.

View pictures of George Shearing and Judy Dixon on a Tactile Tour of the Piano 300 exhibition.

[George Shearing at the Piano]

[The Ellington Piano is Visited]

[The Liberace Piano Gets its Turn]

Visit [Judy Dixon's Collection of Braille and Tactile-writing Slates]


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