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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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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Thank TCinKC2014
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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Thank paulandnichole
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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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Thank Audrey D
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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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Longwood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This was my first visit to the museum. I was impressed with the collection but more importantly, the guided tour docent was terrific. She was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and interesting. I happened to tour on a day when that evening they were having a Pizza and Pipes event. I returned that evening for an evening of pizza and enjoyment of... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The guide was terrific. She made the museum come to life. We found the exhibits very educational and this museum was well above my expectations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This is not a place I would have chosen but my brother has restored numerous player pianos and had seen the museum before and wanted to return. It is a fascinating collection of working mechanical instruments from the simple to the very large and grand, the likes of which I never knew existed. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and... More 

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