Ornamental Separator

Cabinetmaker & Harpsichord Maker

Trades

CW Admission Required

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

  • Monday

    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday

    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday

    Closed

  • Thursday

    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Friday

    Closed

  • Saturday

    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Sunday

    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cabinetmakers made fashionable furniture like tables, chairs, desks, and chest of drawers. Watch expert woodworkers fashion the intricate details of luxury products with period hand tools. In the same workshop, visit the Harpsichord makers, specialized craftsmen who build stringed keyboard musical instruments that sound by quills plucking strings. See how woods, wire, and feathers come together for delightful music and beautiful workmanship.

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Fun Facts About Harpsichords

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Connecting to Past Makers

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Working in Harmony

Harpsichord makers tell the instrument’s story through craftsmanship

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Working Wood In The 18th Century

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