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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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Amazing machines

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 yesterday NEW 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 2 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is dedicated to self-playing instruments, from small wind up clocks to hand cranked music boxes and to huge and I mean huge organ type and even bigger - think room size - instruments - they are more like big art pieces, highly decorative and beautiful to look at in addition to playing music. It was part a tour... More 

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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Housed in an old church, this large collection of carrilons, musical clocks, automata, music boxes and fair/street organs is surely the best in the world. All the exhibits are in prime condition (they have restoration workshops). The guided tour is essential and was given by a passionately enthusiastic young lady ( she is a horologist) who was knowledgeable in her... More 

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a gem. At first I thought it was about musical clocks but soon realized it was about musical animatronics. Every where you turn you'll see early examples of machines making music. I highly recommend the guided tour. They are free and give great insights into the history of music machines. Don't miss the exhibit of how a... More 

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Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellently curated an interested museum. There are plenty of exhibition pieces and spaces about different types of self-playing musical instruments and musical technology, from small instruments to huge instruments from funfairs and dance halls. It's a great museum for people of all ages to learn and enjoy. There are regular free tours throughout the day, in Dutch... More 

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Breda, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Are you a romantic nostalgic about the old, elegant times? Are you interested in technique? Do you love old clocks? Do you enjoy fair music? If you answered YES to at least one question, there is enough reaosn for you to visit the Museum Speelklok. Should you have kids or grandchildren, take them with you. There is plenty for everyone... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

This museum surpassed my expectations. My mother and stepfather were visiting and since the weather was iffy we decided to visit. It was well worth the price of admission to see the amazing collection of music machines. We did not take the tour but will next time. Even my 12 year olds enjoyed it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

It has been a while since I have been there, but is was a great experience seeing and hearing (!!!) all the music instruments. Really impressive for kids, but still liked it as an adult :)

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