Evolving Sounds

Evolving Sounds: Percussion Past & Present


Percussion instruments are used all over the world to create music. Learn about this vast world as you explore our collection of instruments. How has percussion changed over time? What new designs have been created?


  • Learn about the different ways percussion instruments are designed and built.
  • Try your hand at being a percussionist at our interactive stations.
  • View unique one-of-a-kind instruments, including one made of meteorites.
  • Trace the history of percussion in the orchestra.
  • See how percussion instruments are used all over the world.