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“Spellbound” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museum Speelklok

Museum Speelklok
Steenweg 6, 3511 Utrecht, The Netherlands (Lange Elisabethstraat Mariaplaats)
+31 30 231 2789
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Ranked #3 of 73 things to do in Utrecht
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Owner description: 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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“Spellbound”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Wow! What an amazing place! What a fine piece of our music history may be found here. Loads of mechanical music instruments dates from 1600-up to present day. And really impressive musicmachines, "large as houses" is to be seen (and heard!). Well worth a re-visit to Utrecht just for this museum :)

Visited April 2013
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“The only place to visit when you have no energy left.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

An excellent guided tour, so interesting and lively that you forget all your pains.to be visited with children, with people from abroad. The build up of the tout is step by step, all the time they come up with something new and more spectacular. Visitors are occasionally invited to participate in some activity, what makes the tour extra pleasant.

Visited August 2012
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“Interesting museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

They took the Museumkaart, so in we went. It was an interesting museum. They offered a guided tour where they said they would play some of the organs, but we did not wait.

Visited April 2013
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“An astounding collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

It's such an unusual collection and has to be seen to be believed. make sure you get on a guided tour, even if it isn't in your language, because then you will be able to hear the organs play and play them yourself. We just loved it. Never seen such a place before.

Visited March 2013
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“A gem of a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

An interesting museum filled with mechanical clocks, street organs, and other mechanical music playing wonders with a guided and self-guide part.

I went twice because I enjoyed it so much. The guided tour varies a bit each time, but is a must to bring the museum to life. The first time, the guided tour was absolutely brilliant. The second time I saw/experienced less of the pieces and had less stories, but it was still enjoyable. The guided tour happens once every hour and you can check out the self-guided part while you're waiting for it to start.

Tours are done in English and Dutch.

Some highlights: the acrobat, the "jukebox", the bunny that exists the egg, the French hand-krank street organ, the Arabier, the digitally programmed organ that can modern music, and the self-playing piano.

There are a lot of interactive parts for children in the self-guided part of the museum, but they may find it hard to stay still during the guided tour as you listen to a whole short song before moving on.

Visited February 2013
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