Museum Speelklok

Museum Speelklok, Utrecht: Hours, Address, Museum Speelklok Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum Speelklok
4.5
Speciality Museums • Children's Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: Lange Elisabethstraat Mariaplaats
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Joy Black
27 contributions
May 2022
There is a lift to every floor so it is accessible to all. Make sure you take in one of the tours, so you can hear some of the exhibits played. The guides are approachable , very knowledgeable and are happy to conduct tours in both Dutch and English. The effects are stunning! and delightful. Take your time , don't be tempted to rush around, and make sure you visit the other floors for the rest of the exhibition. It is worth getting to the top floor, where there are uncovered and preserved medieval wall paintings, and the lovely ancient church that houses this collection makes it's presence felt. This little gem should be better known and comes highly recommended.
Written May 18, 2022
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Ville
San Diego, CA332 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
This museum is about machines which plays music and what the machines they are. Guided tour was wonderful and make added value our visit. Stories behind machines and history of them gave perspective to this genre.
Written July 25, 2020
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PeterTML
Oeiras, Portugal190 contributions
Jan 2020
A all world of automatic music machines... I had never seen such a museum only dedicated to this topic and believe it or not, there is plenty to see... and to listen too! A very well-designed museum that I think it still under remodellation. The guided tour is absolutely mandatory to get a really experience of this musical museum!
Written January 7, 2020
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TravellerKathy
Belfast, UK41 contributions
Mar 2020
The instruments are fascinating and often very impressive visually but it isn't enough to justify the entry fee.

We took a bilingual tour which was 90% in Dutch (despite the guide knowing that at least four people on the tour only spoke English). Very frustrating.
Written March 9, 2020
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ESO_1160
Sutton, UK3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Museum clean and welcoming and exhibits well presented. Enjoyed the guided tour with musical demonstrations and excellent English translation. Visited with my sister and 91 year old mother. During the guided tour there was a lot of standing around as no seating apart from in the dance hall exhibit area but thankfully we had my mother’s wheelchair otherwise she would have struggled though suspect they could have provided a seat on request.

A little on the expensive side but would have been better value if we could have stayed longer. Unfortunately, on a coach trip so time was limited.

If I return to Utrecht with my husband would definitely visit again.
Written May 2, 2022
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adi inbar
Utrecht, The Netherlands38 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I visited with 2 girls,4 and 11 years old and we joined the guided and we enjoyed every moment. The exhibitions is very reach and beautiful, and there is also activity for the kids along the way, and at the end they can play them self in a music box.very very nice and fun time. We spent 2 hours here and it was enough. I really recommend join the guided tour and to experience and hear the beautiful musical instruments.
Written January 2, 2020
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Emily A
Madrid, Spain268 contributions
Dec 2020
Wow and more wow. I love all things mechanical, engineering, magical, and artistic. If you love clocks, musical machines and more, than you will enjoy this delightful museum. But I am also think even if you arent interested, you will be.
Delightful staff and easy to get around inside, interesting information too!
Written July 18, 2021
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RuthEChick
Haydon Bridge, UK13 contributions
Sep 2013
I'm afraid I was not expecting to enjoy this museum but it ended up being one my favourites in Utrecht. The exhibition is really interesting and very interactive. I would recommended this to anyone visiting Utrecht.
I think it would have been expensive if I didn't have a MuseumKaart.
Written September 16, 2013
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baloopa
Bristol, UK112 contributions
Nov 2012 • Family
Make sure you catch the guided tour, starting every hour on the hour. Without it, this is just a rather dull and static display of objects. The whole point of the exhibits in this museum is that they make music - go round with the guide to see them working. Our guide spoke really good English, incidentally.
Written November 12, 2012
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caledonian_nomad
Wassenaar, The Netherlands184 contributions
the Netherlands offers a welath of top museums and this one, as an experience, is certainly one of the top once. Its 30-40 minute guided tour (in Dutch and English)with demonstrations of the various mechanical clocks, juke boxes, etc. The expression 'it comes to life' is certainly about that... Make sure to bring your camera and don't miss opportunity for your kids to wind up those clocks up!
Written November 20, 2011
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