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Museum Speelklok

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Address: Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 0302312789
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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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Beautiful collection, well worth a visit.

To get the best out of this attraction you need to go on a guided tour. The guide will play the clocks and organs for you and tell you about the workings. There is wonderful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
kathryn5930
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Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To get the best out of this attraction you need to go on a guided tour. The guide will play the clocks and organs for you and tell you about the workings. There is wonderful variety of mechanical toys, music boxes concert & street organs. Perhaps it is not suitable for very young children as there were children on our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wonderful to see so much variety of "musical boxes" still in working condition! Well worth a visit to Utrecht alone for anyone that has an interest in mechanics, music or dance. Especially loved the music hall machines and could imagine myself waltzing with them on in the background.

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Thank Neil L
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a decent museum and the guided tour was worth it. We liked a lot a section where there is a mini cinema telling a story about the instruments and some of the instruments displayed at the same time. The museum wasn't my first option but since I live in Utrecht and I was in the mood for a... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A museum of antique music boxes, clocks, street organs, vintage automatons, dioramas - fabulous (if you like this sort of thing). It is best to join a guided presentation (hourly from 10.30) so you can hear music from the various self-playing 'orchestrons' and see some of the automatons in action (the rabbit popping out of a cabbage and the singing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While I haven't checked, I can only presume there is a very limited number of museums anywhere in the world anything like this one. It is an incredible collection, and to enjoy it to the fullest, make sure to take one of the guided tours. (When we visited, the last one started at 3:30.) The guide operates many of the... More 

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Heerlen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I visited out of curiosity, and discovered a real treat.! The Museum is situated in a Gothic-style Church in the centre of Utrecht. The inside is painted all in white with historically significant murals left unharmed. There are 3 floors with spiral staircases and a mezzanine. A cafe is on the ground floor. A children's build-and-play area... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whenever I have guests I take them to Utrecht to visit Museum Speelklok. Everybody enjoys this museum! The collection is unique and fun, all kinds of mechanical instruments. A grand piano all playing by itself, mechanical birds, musical clocks, street organs and even a self-playing orchestra! Don't miss the guided tour, for this museum it is essential! The enthusiastic guides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

In last day of our stay in Utrecht we decided to visit this museum. It was possible to join an explained visit, which was very interesting and where we could see explained many of the musical machines. Don't loose it.

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Wellesbourne Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Take the guided tour - each instrument presented is played, and some interesting history of "robotic" instruments is presented. Surprisingly some were very melodic, playing classical music as intended by Mozart, Handel and other great composers. A fairly unique experience, well worth the entrance fee

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

This museum is fascinating! The ways in which people created or modified instruments to be self-playing blew my mind. While I usually avoid tours, this one lets you watch and hear many of the instruments as well as learn about how they work. The colorful and historically interesting instruments are an ingenious combination of art and science.

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