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Museum Speelklok ( Nationaal Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement)

Steenweg 6, Utrecht 3511, The Netherlands (Lange Elisabethstraat Mariaplaats)
030 231 27 89
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Ranked #4 of 48 attractions in Utrecht
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Specialty Museums, History Museums
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Toronto, Canada
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248 reviews 248 reviews
86 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We arrived half an hour before closing and weren't here long enough to do a full assessment. What I saw, the automatons and some of the mechanical musical instruments make me think that an extended visit might well result in giving it an excellent rating. We'll have to go back there. What I saw was quite fascinating, but I need... More

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San Jose, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A kaleidoscope of music boxes and clocks, self-playing instruments, street organs, gigantic jukeboxes and calliopes puts a smile on everyone’s face at Museum Speelklok (or Musical Clock Museum). Hidden in the ancient university town of Utrecht, it’s just a half-hour away from Amsterdam by train and a 10-minute walk from the station. Guided tours are offered every hour and are... More

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Sunderland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My 3 and 4 year olds loved this museum and the guided your was great. The lady spoke English and made sure that we were included in all of the demonstrations. The children got to use some of the exhibits and the concert organ playing pharrell Williams 'happy' was fantastic. Really enjoyed the visit.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Really one wonders when they see those old musical instruments driven mechanically and sounding nothing less than amazing. The people back then did unbelievable things with limited resources. If you are in Utrecht you should definitely visit this place. Old musical instruments and old clocks, beautifully preserved. Don't forget to take the guided tour.

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Ra'anana, Israel
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We really enjoyed this museum. We joined a tour which was supposed to be both in Dutch & English but unfortunately, it was about 95% Dutch only. (This may be because there were lots of small Dutch children), despite that, it was fun and our guide played lots of music which was very enjoyable. The Moving Magic exhibition of 19th... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

When it Utrecht, be sure to visit this museum, documenting the history of musical clocks, self playing music machines and barrel organs. It's a guaranteed joy.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Our B&B host kept telling us to visit so we did despite not expecting much! An interesting display with english information and an excellent guided tour with an entertaining guide.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Unique museum in the centre of Utrecht housed in a beautiful building (I'm guessing a former church) on Steenweg. It has a vast collection of musical organs and clocks and the tour gives visitors further insight into their origin and the opportunity to hear them being played. Most of the information is provided in English as well as Dutch. The... More

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Haifa, Israel
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

what a gem. the guided tour (in Dutch and English) provided explanations and demonstration, the displays are brilliant - fun, informative and beautiful. left a lasting impression - one of my all time favorites.

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New York City, New York
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61 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

very unique, although this isn't my first time looking at such jukeboxes. Still, the way they design the museum is super cool. Very suitable for kids too. Try and check the tour timetables, it's free and they will play most of the intruments during the tour. It's about 40mins for the tour, then you can stroll by yourself.

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