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Museum Speelklok

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Neighborhood: Lange Elisabethstraat Mariaplaats
Children's museums, History museums, Museums
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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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Wonderful surprise treat in the city!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Southport, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

When we visited, in April 2014, there was an exhibition of automata in addition to the main attractions. The permanent museum was well presented and interesting to explore but the main attraction was the guided tour of the fairground organs. Our guide was only a young chap and he gave a tour in both Dutch and English. Some of the... More 

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We smiled our way through the museum. It was a trip down memory lane. Oh, and the guide was brilliant!

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Paris, France
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93 reviews 93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

On a whim we took a tour of the Speelklock museum in Utrecht. Small, niche museums can be very hit or miss in terms of quality (generally more miss than hit) but the Speelklock museum was truly fascinating. We had very little prior knowledge of street and dance organs, but the guide (in English and Dutch) was informative and lead... More 

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England
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This museum is dedicated to automated musical instruments throughout the ages. Because of their age, you cannot touch them but during a guided tour (every hour) they are played and displayed. Absolutely fascinating and lots of fun. The guide speaks excellent English and is very engaging. Self playing pianos and violins? They got them, and also automata. They do good... More 

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The Netherlands
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This was an incredible tour not only historically but we witnessed some amazing musical carousels. Well worth the visit

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houten
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

it is interesting to see these special Dutch "streetorgans". This museum is not so big so to spend 45 minutes is always possible when you are staying in Utrecht.

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