After braving the crowds of the Picasso exhibit just before it closed, we were lured to another part of the Met with signs about Ringo's Gold Drum. I never knew he had a gold drum...but we went to take a look. There it was, with signs of real use, but it was a very smart way to bring us to a little wing I'd never been to before filled with amazing musical instruments...
A lovely, quiet and uncrowded gallery filled with magical and rare pieces like these:
A Violetta: a specially shaped viola from the renaissance and one of four in the world
This is just a sampling of an extroadinary array of instruments in a serene setting -- definitely worth a trip when you're in New York.