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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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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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Don't miss the guided tour

A museum on self playing instruments. We went there towards closing time and missed most of the guided tour. You can visit it yourself using a ticket / key card, which helps you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A museum on self playing instruments. We went there towards closing time and missed most of the guided tour. You can visit it yourself using a ticket / key card, which helps you play the instruments, but especially in the halls with self playing pianos and organs (from wall to wall), its better to follow a guide, who speaks in... More 

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Alicante Province, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I ducked in to get out of the rain and was enchanted. What a nice surprise! Friendly staff and interesting exhibits.

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Thank Gehrig S
Rainham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located centrally, it is very easy to get to on foot. The staff are very friendly, helpful and all of them, from ticket desk, to cafe, and tour guide, spoke good English. There is a fascinating collection of clocks, automatons and musical organs ranging from small hand operated instruments to large electrically powered ones. Whilst you can walk around on... More 

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Claygate, Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to museums with clocks and musical boxes before, but never one that was entirely devoted to mechanical music devices. What hits you as you go round the museum is just how widespread they were in the pre-electronic age: for middle class and bourgeois families from the 16th to the 20th century, they were must have items, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have to love those off the beaten track, smaller, lesser known museums that rarely get the limelight. This is one of them. Well worth a few hours and admission. Lovely building and layout.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I was amazed at how sophisticated and varied music boxes could be. The history, craftsmanship and presentation made this one of the highlights of our trip.

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Thank Val C
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

I thought this museum well worth the visit, all exhibits are well laid out with information in Dutch and English. We did the guided tour and that was most interesting. Particularly enjoyed seeing and hearing the big organs. We also enjoyed a light lunch in the museum cafe after out visit. Would recommend to anyone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Great collection of 'good mood' music machines. Interactive and nice guides.centrally located in Utrecht.

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Thank Wim B
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

In the heart of the historic city centre of Utrecht, this gem of a museum. Take the guided tour for free and enjoy the ingenuity of hundres of years of clockmaking. And more! Fascinating. And I am not even a fan of clocks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Excellent place to visit even without children. The tour is really interesting and fun. Plan at least 1.5 hours to visit the museum.

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