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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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5 of 5 starsReviewed September 25, 2015
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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

Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 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 

Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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.

Tain, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

london england
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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.

Wellington, Somerset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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.

Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Aside from the really loud organs - which the kids love, but the adults typically want to get away from, this is an exceptional collection of clocks throughout the ages. While its' not the most spell-binding museum we've ever been to, it is in the centre of Utrecht, has a decent café, is open almost continuously and is a good... More 

Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A fantastic small museum! Take some time to wait for the guided tour, and follow along! The guide speaks both in English and Dutch. He's very funny and very expressive, and even dances along to the songs! All the music/instruments there are very interactive, you get to see the history and play around with some of the more modern stuff.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The museum is just ordinary workout the free guided tour. Do spare an hour or two for this petite museum, with guided tours that starts every half past, which shows you the wisdom of human beings on music instruments.


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