Festival of the Violin

Aug. 25 – Nov. 11
Included with museum admission.

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Become part of the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

For the first time ever, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis will be live streamed. Experience musical history being made while you make friends with this often mysterious instrument.

  • Play a violin.
  • Explore a 360-degree view of all the violin parts.
  • See a centuries-old Stradivarius violin – an iconic instrument with a sound quality that experts have been unable to replicate since its creation (on display from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13).
  • See real violins made of different materials and sizes.
  • Watch videos of the parts of a violin being made: the violin, string and bow.
  • Hear musical pieces performed and experience the emotions they are said to stylize.

Outside, browse violin-inspired art pieces created by K-12 students from across the state in partnership with the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Special daily activities will pair with this experience. Plus, don’t miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with violins, violinists and a violin maker.