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Address: Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 0302312789
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Great little museum

Enjoyed a visit to the Museum Speelklok. Sign posted from outside the Hoog Catharijne shooping centre ( by railway station ) Prices not to cheap 24 euro`s for two of us. (approx... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed a visit to the Museum Speelklok. Sign posted from outside the Hoog Catharijne shooping centre ( by railway station ) Prices not to cheap 24 euro`s for two of us. (approx £20 ) It houses acollection of automated musical instruments , which can be seen working. A delightful coffee/tea room out front .

Thank henlowboy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

this shows you why and how people automate things. it's been around for long and will be also. this museum shows the various stages of craftsmanship with regards to automation. from centuries ago to some years. the rest is ... known.

Thank Joost H
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not sjip thes museum in Utrecht city. This relatively small museum houses a collection of music boxes and street organs etcetera. in order to get the real taste of it all the museum offers guided tours, not too long, which are surprising in what they demonstrate to you.this museum simply makes you feel joyful and you will leave it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I expected this to be more of a children's attraction but was pleasantly surprised. The collection is amazing and many of the devices still play. The museum is right on the center. On abut an hour you can see everything. The price was 12 euros and was worth it. I believe they do have English language tours. This was by... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Very popular with young children, so if you want to explore the exhibits in depth, visit here out of peak times. The tour was disappointing as the guide refused to say much in English despite several prompts, but as we left we caught the start of the next tour which was much better. We almost left after the tour which... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

We were visiting Utrecht as a large group of friends and we had half a day to sightsee; we all dispersed into smaller groups. The weather was somewhat inclement as we were walking around and we chanced upon what was sign-posted as Museum Speelklok and as much as anything, we wandered in to ascertain what a Speelkloik actually was. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

The collection here is surprisingly good...all kinds of automatic music machines with a staff of experts to restore and maintain them. The tour gives a facinating history of automated music, beginning with the reminder that music was once (recently!) available only through was live performance. You get to see (and hear) how the technology developed from the carillon to the... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

A lot of things to see and to do. The place is suitable for everyone. Person with disability and special children will enjoy it. Tips: Buy a combi ticket at The Tourist Information (Domplein 9, near Dom Tower).€ 16 for Dom Tower and Museum Speelklok.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

This was not what I expected. The collection consistent mainly of large calliope-type instruments. This was interesting, but not sure it was worth the price of admission.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Otherwise walking around a museum full of musical instruments that you cannot touch or play will make your visit a dry as dust experience. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. i especially enjoyed listening to the music boxes and street organs. Lots for small children to do in the meantime.

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