Steinway & Sons Grand Piano

Description (Brief)
This grand piano was made by Steinway & Sons in New York, New York in 1903. It was presented by Steinway & Sons to the White House in 1903 in gratitude to the family's adopted country. The piano was the main White House piano until 1937, when Steinway presented its serial number 300,000 piano to the White House. This piano is serial number 1000,000 and has a compass of AAA-c5, repetitive action, felt hammers, single-, double-, and triple-strings, 3 pedals: una corda, sostenuto, and dampers, one-piece iron frame, cross-strung, and a gilded and painted case by Thomas Dewing. The lid painting represents America receiving the Muses.
Currently on loan
Object Name
date made
Steinway & Sons
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
felt (overall material)
overall: 40 in x 66 in x 108 in; 101.6 cm x 167.64 cm x 274.32 cm
bench: 20 in x 41 1/8 in x 20 3/8 in; 50.8 cm x 104.4575 cm x 51.7525 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
White House
Music & Musical Instruments
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.