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Museums, Instrument Databases, and Flute Collections


Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection
Description: Music Division of the Library of Congress, searchable database, significant flute collection, contains nearly 1,700 flutes and other wind intsruments, statuary, iconography, books, music, trade catalogs, tutors, and other musical materials mostly related to the flute

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Description: View musical instruments from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the late 20th century, home to more than 1,100 instruments including world flutes, searchable database

Grinnell College Musical Instrument Collection
Description: This open source searchable database is intended to provide its users with visual, sonic, and written information about a broad sampling of acoustic musical instruments of both Western and non-Western origins

Musical Instrument Museum
Description: The MIM offers a shared experience of the history of musical instruments throughout the world.


Music Instrument Museums Online
Description: Explore the World Collections of Musical Instruments; MIMO is the world's largest freely accessible database for information on musical instruments held in public collections. Our database now contains the records of 54,032 instruments.

National Music Museum 
Description: Multiple musical instrument collections, includes more that 14,500 American, European, and non-Western instruments from all cultures and historical periods, includes a checklist of musical instruments of the indigenous peoples of North America

Rare and Strange Instruments
Description: Unusual, original, traditional, homemade, rare, and strange musical instruments

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