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The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Department of Musical Instruments closed its doors on February 22, 2016 for renovations. Rumored to reopen in the spring of 2017, the wing and the instruments contained therein are on lock down. Well, after much detective work, I located a hidden display case that museum staff and curators don't want anyone to see. It contains three important violins of Amati, Amati and Strad. The security units noticed me snooping around the showcase but before they could do anything about it I popped off a series of iPhone images. I'm sure these legendary instruments have been presented in a much better light and lens countless times over, but maybe through the glass, with a standard phone camera, in poor lighting, with glare, and under pressure from approaching security, these images might be interesting to a couple of you. And if you're visiting before spring 2017, you'll have to try to find these for yourself. This week they were in room 500 (I didn't tell you that) but after the incident with my iPhone, I think these are likely being moved or put back into storage.