The museum’s collection contains instruments used in classical and popular music from the seventeenth century to the present time including lutes, archlutes, classical guitars, violins by Italian luthiers Antonio Stradivari, the Guarneri family, and Nicolò Amati.
In its 1590 stringed instrument collection (300 violins) are eight Antonio Stradivari instruments, 13 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume instruments, and two Nicola Amati, and two Nicolas Lupot violins.
Instruments included in the collection include:
- Violin dit le longuet by Antonio Stradivari, vers 1692
- Violin “le Sarasate” by Antonio Stradivari, 1724
- Violin “le Provigny” by Antonio Stradivari, 1716
- Violin “le Tua” by Antonio Stradivari. 1708
- Violin “le Davidoff” by Antonio Stradivari, 1708
- Violin by Nicola Amati, 1639
- Violin by Nicola Amati, 1667
- Pochette by Antonio Stradivari, 1717
Note: The instruments formerly part of the Paris Conservatory are now in this collection.