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Address: 7377 US Highway 31 N, Acme, MI 49690-9533
Phone Number: 213-938-9300
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The Music House Museum is located on US31 just north of Traverse City,...

The Music House Museum is located on US31 just north of Traverse City, Michigan. Now in their 30th year, the museum presents one of the most unique music museums in America. Ninety-minute tours demonstrate fully-restored mechanical instruments dating from 1870 to 1930.Guest will also see Models of buildings from Traverse City 1930’s era. Music boxes of all sizes, a mechanical street organ, one of largest dance organs built in Belgium in 1922 , Weber Duo-Art reproducing grand piano,1924 Wurlitzer theater organ used to accompany silent films.

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Wonderful surprise

We attended a ragtime concert at the Music House Museum and thoroughly ourselves. After the concert we were able to look (and hear) many of the instruments. The organ was the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Diane K
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We attended a ragtime concert at the Music House Museum and thoroughly ourselves. After the concert we were able to look (and hear) many of the instruments. The organ was the best! It even had a read drum built into it. It would be fun to go back again and take more time to see even more.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful museum with many surprises. They take you on a tour through history to show you actual machines that gave many people joy for over a hundred years. They move, they play, some look as if a ghost is playing them, the sound from a by gone era.... just a fun and interesting place. I believe that staff makes... More 

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Waterford, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for something to do on a rainy day in the area. This was a great option. I can't recall what we paid for admission, but the restoration they do for historical instruments made it worth it. Everything seen is in one huge room and you jump in to the tour whenever... it runs continually with two guides.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

It was about 38$ for the tour but it was worth it. The tour guides were great and the instruments were very interesting. There is so much history there. It's a must visit.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

What a fantastic find!! We stayed in Traverse City and asked at the visitors center about recommendations on what to do if it rained. The wonderful ladies there not only recommended The Music House but gave us "Buy 1 Adult Get 1 Free" passes! Our 2 kid are music/band kids and at ages 58, 51, 18, and 16 we all... More 

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Allegan, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We stopped at the music house as a part of a school group. WOW, what a surprise. The tour was engaging and we were AMAZED by the instruments that have been collected over time. I have passed this museum so many times in my travels, but it is so worth the stop.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Music House about 20 years ago and had wonderful memories of it. I was 13 and my sister was 10, and we enjoyed it. Last year, we took my son to House on the Rock in Wisconsin, and he was enthralled with all the automated instruments, so we considered Music House a "must-go" when we returned to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

This museum is very relaxed: you can join a tour at any point o wait for one (not necessary). The museum focus is on musical instruments that play by themselves: from Edison's first wax cylinder recording player through Victrolas and moving from music boxes to organ-grinder-type devices (complete with a toy monkey for demonstration purposes!), and player pianos to "player"... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

We happened to be visiting the Traverse City area, and decided to stop at the Music House Museum. It was more than we ever expected! Usually a museum like this would have everything under glass, but happily this place wasn't that way. The tour was done in a style that you don't have to wait until the beginning of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A quick drive around the bay from Traverse City, we had some time on a Tuesday morning before the end of our trip and over breakfast I suggested we visit this museum. Far more than I could have imagined. An incredible array of mechanical music makers, from music boxes, player pianos and so many others. While the machines themselves are... More 

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