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Museum Speelklok

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Address: Steenweg 6, 3511 Utrecht, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 30 231 2789
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Museum Speelklok, the most cheerful museum in the...

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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do the tour if you can

A tour was going to start when we got in. We were not sure, it was in Dutch and English, it could have been a slow thing, but we gave it a go. It was great! First of all the guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Didcot, United Kingdom
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Didcot, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A tour was going to start when we got in. We were not sure, it was in Dutch and English, it could have been a slow thing, but we gave it a go. It was great! First of all the guide (Ruben) was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic... there were a few fanatics asking all sorts of questions and he never... More 

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Wetaskiwin, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bought the ticket with the tower trip as I was looking for something to do. I am happy I did as the museum really brightened my day and thought that the musical instruments were all really cool and interesting.

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

I was somewhat ambivalent about a museum of street organs and self-playing musical instruments; after all, just how much can there be to see? Well, quite a lot actually. Starting with church carillons, this museum covers a whole range of instruments up to the present day. As interesting as wandering around reading the captions is, the museum really comes alive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Good to see grant father of computers Autobots are cool Making hole in cards Seeking for monkeys are fun for 8 years old son

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

A blast from the past. Fantastic collection with knowledgable staff. Make sure you time your visit to take the guided tour during which many of the instruments will be demonstrated. tthe guided tour during which

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

You can walk right past this place and not notice it - but our Dutch friend knew about it and he - made us go - and I am glad he did. The collection of working music machines is beyond words and the tour given by the staff was perfect in dutch and English. The large machines at the end... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

There are some interesting pieces but we found it quit boring. You can't really experience the museum without the tour guide. There is a fee tour ever 30 min so that is not a real problem.

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Tain, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This museum is located in the middle of the city centre and just a stones throw away from other major attractions and some great restaurants. Set in an old church the museum is beautifully presented, it takes you on a historical journey through musical machines. I wasn't sure if this was a museum for me, but greatly enjoyed my time... More 

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london england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Fantastic place - do not miss it. Be sure to take tHe free tour otherwise you will not hear the musical instruments played . Tour guide was terrific.

Thank ebrington
Wellington, Somerset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Well worth a visit, I wasn't sure what to expect but found the exhibits fascinating and the people so very helpful with perfect english. Not sure if all the children there were having as much fun as me.

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