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Music House Museum

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Address: 7377 U.S. 31 North, Acme, MI 49690
Phone Number: 213-938-9300
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The Music House Museum is located on US31 just north of Traverse City,...

The Music House Museum is located on US31 just north of Traverse City, Michigan. Now in their 30th year, the museum presents one of the most unique music museums in America. Ninety-minute tours demonstrate fully-restored mechanical instruments dating from 1870 to 1930.Guest will also see Models of buildings from Traverse City 1930’s era. Music boxes of all sizes, a mechanical street organ, one of largest dance organs built in Belgium in 1922 , Weber Duo-Art reproducing grand piano,1924 Wurlitzer theater organ used to accompany silent films.

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A Treasure for All

We happened to be visiting the Traverse City area, and decided to stop at the Music House Museum. It was more than we ever expected! Usually a museum like this would have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We happened to be visiting the Traverse City area, and decided to stop at the Music House Museum. It was more than we ever expected! Usually a museum like this would have everything under glass, but happily this place wasn't that way. The tour was done in a style that you don't have to wait until the beginning of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A quick drive around the bay from Traverse City, we had some time on a Tuesday morning before the end of our trip and over breakfast I suggested we visit this museum. Far more than I could have imagined. An incredible array of mechanical music makers, from music boxes, player pianos and so many others. While the machines themselves are... More 

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Longwood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This was my first visit to the museum. I was impressed with the collection but more importantly, the guided tour docent was terrific. She was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and interesting. I happened to tour on a day when that evening they were having a Pizza and Pipes event. I returned that evening for an evening of pizza and enjoyment of... More 

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Thank 358dons
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The guide was terrific. She made the museum come to life. We found the exhibits very educational and this museum was well above my expectations.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This is not a place I would have chosen but my brother has restored numerous player pianos and had seen the museum before and wanted to return. It is a fascinating collection of working mechanical instruments from the simple to the very large and grand, the likes of which I never knew existed. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and... More 

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Thank Marj268
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I used to have a friend who bought, sold, restored and exhibited these kind of machines. He said the Music House Museum was on of the few top museums like this in the country. We weren't disappointed. The machines were beautifully restored and sounding their best. The endless tour format with very knowledgeable guides and musical demonstrations was outstanding as... More 

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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

In depth docent-led tour including Rhapsody in Blue recorded by Gershwin himself. Much of the "tour" is seated, which was good because it was at least 2 hours long. One of our family's favorite experiences this vacation.

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Albion, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This museum has a lot of self playing musical instruments like player pianos, crank organs, dance organs, music boxes, etc. On the guided tour they let you hear and see the machines playing. The Mortier dance organ is especially beautiful to hear and see.

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West Bloomfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

What a gem of a place! Music lovers of any level and style will be impressed by the collection of musical instruments and the vast knowledge from the tour guides. Not only are you able to view these early versions of musical players, you actually get to hear them played! What a great way to learn the history behind the... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I wasn't keen on making this stop on the bus tour, but once the ~ hour presentation began, I was amazed. The host's explanation of the history of automated music from the simplest and smallest music box hand cranked 'toy' through various nickelodeons to the fantastic keyboard-controlled automated orchestra was totally interesting. I really enjoyed the finale when the automated... More 

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