The museum was founded in 1994, and was originally housed in a small room in PTG's first home office building in Kansas City. The first piano in the collection was the Sellers replica, donated by the Connecticut chapter, which had built it in 1975. In 2003, when PTG purchased its current headquarters building, the presence of a much larger space for museum use was a major factor in its selection.
Jack Wyatt became involved in the late 1990s, and was responsible for acquiring the majority of the pianos in the collection, mostly by donation. He also manufactured many of the action models, built most of the display fixtures, and was later appointed curator. In recognition of his years of dedicated service, the museum was named after him in 2006.
2011 NAMM Interview with Jack Wyatt