September is Piano Month. So in accordance with a thirty day period that celebrates the instrument that so many of us were forced to practice and learn while growing up (much to the pain and suffering of our younger selves), we’re running down some interesting and cool piano-related locales to visit.
Here are four stops that are must-visits for fans of the eighty-eight black and white keys.
Steinway & Sons Factory, New York City
Probably the most famous brand of pianos, Steinway & Sons is a company known for its elegant and superb quality instruments. And you can visit their factory and take a tour to see them make their famous pianos. That may sound a little boring to some, but the tour has been considered one of the best factory tours in America. Just be sure you visit during the right day, time, and season, tours are only available on Tuesdays between 9:30 a.m. and noon, September through June. You can call or email ahead to schedule a visit.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland
If you ever been a fan of what pianos are used for (and not just the instruments themselves), then you’ll need to make a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, where guests can peruse instruments and artifacts of Rock and Roll’s biggest names…including their pianos.
The Pleshakov Piano Museum, Hunter, NY
Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and displaying keyboard instruments and any and all periphery relating to classic music played on the piano, the Catskill’s Pleshakov Piano Museum features a dozen examples of different types of piano throughout musical history, as well as over 20 tons of piano-related records, books, equipment, tools, art, and more.
Although it allows guest to visit and see its over twenty antique working pianos that date from the 18th to the 20th century every Thursday or Saturday afternoon, it’s better to visit when the collection is hosting one of its renowned concerts between April and November. Listeners can hear music by composers on the same type of piano used to originally write it.