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Museum Speelklok

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Neighborhood: Lange Elisabethstraat Mariaplaats
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Address: Steenweg 6, 3511 Utrecht, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 30 231 2789
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Description: Museum Speelklok, the most cheerful museum in the Netherlands! During a...
Museum Speelklok, the most cheerful museum in the Netherlands! During a visit to the typical Dutch Museum Speelklok, cheerful live music will surround you from centuries-old self-playing musical instruments. The history of these instruments started back in 16th century the Netherlands with the use of church carillons. Over the centuries, the general desire of people to be surrounded by music, led to the invention of all sorts of self-playing musical instruments: musical clocks, musical boxes, orchestrions (self-playing orchestras) and the traditional Dutch street organs. All of these instruments, including the famous street organ named Arabier and the so-called 8th world wonder the Violina, can be admired and heard during the lively museum tour. Thanks to the highly skilled Restoration Workshop, the collection is kept playing and this craft can be passed on from this generation to the next.
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A fun museum and worth a visit

Unusual, easy to find and I'd recommend a visit. Definitely worth waiting for a guided tour though as you can the hear the exhibits as well as see them. Very informative tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Unusual, easy to find and I'd recommend a visit. Definitely worth waiting for a guided tour though as you can the hear the exhibits as well as see them. Very informative tour guide, and a decent cafe (complete with mechanical piano of course).

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Hong Kong, China
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A very interesting museum with lots of auto playing music instruments. The free guided tour is a must-join to see more of the magic.

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Delft, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Very interesting things to see, self playing musical instruments, pianos, violins, street organs, ... While going around, you look for symbols hidden among items and code them to create your own punched card. At the end, you can play out your card and listen to your music. Great experience for kids, lovely museum!

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London
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76 reviews 76 reviews
51 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Housed in a what used to be a church, the layout of this museum is interesting in itself. The entrance is on Steenweg and you enter a café and small shop before going on into the museum. This museum is one of those accessible with the Museumkart. They offer tours in English, mine was guided by Elspeth, a delightful young... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This was a really interesting and unusual place. The exhibits are self playing musical instruments. In other words music boxes and giant barrel organs, and everything in between. Try to join a guided tour (free) as the guides will start up some of the instruments and they sound great. This has a nice cafe adjoining the museum, and it, in... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We visited this place with the whole family (with kids and grannies) and we really loved it. There was something interesting for everybody. Kids especially liked the guided tour, when they switch the machines on and show the mechanisms at work. One can easily spend 2-3 hours there, learning about the mechanisms or just watching those impressive pieces of old... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I love this place! It was so much more than it seemed from the outside. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and the collection is fantastically curated. I can't wait to go back!

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canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you have extra time ( or if it is rainy) enjoy the sounds... the joy and the history of this beautiful museum in downtown Utrecht... easy to get to... fun to experience and learn about how these Speelklok are an integral part of this part of the world.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A lovely place to visit. Beautiful collection of clockworks some nice to hear, some nice to see. You will enjoy every minute.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Throwback to your childhood memories..Really loving every single second of my journey there.. Lots of information gain ..Highly recommended

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