a little red [gallery] high up against the wall filled with musical instruments

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The context comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 5

I remember but little of the journey; I only know that the day seemed to me of a preternatural length, and that we appeared to travel over hundreds of miles of road. We passed through several towns, and in one, a very large one, the coach stopped; the horses were taken out, and the passengers alighted to dine. I was carried into an inn, where the guard wanted me to have some dinner; but, as I had no appetite, he left me in an immense room with a fireplace at each end, a chandelier pendent from the ceiling, and a little red gallery high up against the wall filled with musical instruments. Here I walked about for a long time, feeling very strange, and mortally apprehensive of some one coming in and kidnapping me; for I believed in kidnappers, their exploits having frequently figured in Bessie's fireside chronicles. ...
Hi everyone! I don't quite understand the word "gallery" here. Does it mean "showcase"? I failed to imagine what the bold part shows. :confused:
  • ewie

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    Hullo Irelia. I imagine she's talking about this, usually called a minstrels' gallery:

    A minstrels' gallery is a form of balcony, often inside the great hall of a castle or manor house, and used to allow musicians (originally minstrels) to perform, sometimes discreetly hidden from the guests below.
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