A destination unlike any other in the United States, the Catskill Mountain Foundation's Piano Performance Museum offers a unique glimpse into the development of pianos in Europe and America over the past four centuries.
The Steven E. Greenstein collection includes early and modern keyboard instruments including European historic pianos, as well as American pianos built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection shows the development of the instrument from the small piano forte, built for use in private homes and salons, to the modern piano, built for large concert halls. The collection also includes tuning tools and repair kits, some 200 years old, leather-wrapped with a place for each tool; tuning forks, hammers—everything that would allow a technician to bring a piano back to maximum performance standards.
The Piano Performance Museum is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm or by appointment.
Drop in for a Docent Tour on days when the museum is open to the public. No appointment is necessary. Tours start at 11:30am, 1pm, and 2pm. Docent tours include information on 300 years of the development of the piano, plus demonstrations on selected pianos in the collection. Price is $10 per person. Tours are approximately 45 minutes long.
Group Tours are available by appointment throughout the year, during the week or on weekends, with docents or with professional concert artists providing mini-concerts on the historic instruments. Tours can be tailored to your interests. Call 518-263-2036 for more information.