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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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Cheerful museum

When visiting this museum I did not expect to see interesting stuffs. Apparently I was wrong. This museum is really interesting. The museum is dedicated to self-playing music... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

When visiting this museum I did not expect to see interesting stuffs. Apparently I was wrong. This museum is really interesting. The museum is dedicated to self-playing music prior to the recording era. Here one can see how people develop technology to bring music into the house without having anyone playing instruments. The way this museum presents it is really... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting and eye opening seeing different ancient 'musical boxes' of various sizes. Gives a good overview and history of the mechanical musical devices. Tip: best to join in the museum guided tour. Given very good explanation on selected collection and most important to play them on the spot!

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

fascinating display of clocks and music boxes. East train trip from Amsterdam to Utrecht. All working devices that you can see playing music and moving with moving parts.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

This museum is dedicated to mechanical music throughout the ages (prior to radio), which is interesting to learn about however can be slightly disconcerting if on your own. I recommend going with the tours (free every hour) as then they play some of the more antiquated machines and explain the history behind them. Prepare yourself for beautiful clocks and organ... More 

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Anzegem, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Not really my cup of tea, but still I was impressed by all the pieces that could be found in the museum. Good guide who knew alot about everything and who could answer every question. If you love music or the history of these things I would highly recommend you going!

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I went to this museum on a rainy wednesday afternoon with a 4 your old. First we joined the kids tour which was interesting en enjoyable for both of us! Then we had a look through the museum by ourself and did the game to find the monkey, fun game, kids loved it! When you found all the monkeys you... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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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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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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Address: Steenweg 6, 3511 Utrecht, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 30 231 2789
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  Utrecht Province  >  Utrecht>  > Lange Elisabethstraat Mariaplaats
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 11 - 11

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