Music House Museum

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Music House Museum
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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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AnnaK
Chacmuchuch, Mexico1 contribution
A Must-See!
Nov 2020
Very interesting - more than I was expecting! Docents were a little cool at first, but once they saw we were actually interested and enjoying the museum, they got super friendly and trotted out all of the speciality things and started them up for us. We had quite a party going by the end, and any new guests that wandered in joined.
Bring cash for the gift shop and entrance to help them save money (processing fees).
Museum is mostly staffed with volunteers, so please keep that in mind (eg, things may not be as "perfect" as you are expecting from paid staff).
Written October 19, 2021
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michigander311
Midland, MI465 contributions
I've never felt more unwelcome, anywhere, ever.
Aug 2021
We arrived right at their listed opening time, the parking lot had just a few cars in it, and the door was unlocked and we walked in. The man behind the counter didn't really greet us, but rather asked if we were with the tour bus group. No, we weren't and had no idea that there was. He then stated that they were late and looked quite confused that we were there. Okay, we still wanted to see the museum. The only other employee, a woman seemed equally perplexed about our presence and stated that they had a tour of 51 people coming through and didn't know what to do with us. Well, that tour wasn't there, and we suggested that we pay their entry fee ($16 per person) and we could get in front of the tour. More, confused looks from the employees. "Well, we just don't know what to do with you" Again, I mentioned to take our money and allow us to enter......more stunned silence and confused looks. By this time, their unwelcoming attitude completely turned us off. Clueless, snooty, unwelcoming.......to heck with them. We'll spend our money elsewhere, we won't return. No apology desired.
Written September 1, 2021
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married96
Fernandina Beach, FL564 contributions
FASCINATING PRESENTATION
Aug 2021
Wonderful collection of memorabilia of musical instruments -- several of which were only 3 or only 6 still in existence. Everything from pianos, violins, accordions, juke boxes, etc. We watched an old Laurel & Hardy silent movie with live playing of piano for sound. Big moment was the Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue from the recorder/player piano on which he originally recorded.
Written August 22, 2021
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James Caldwell
Chesapeake, VA106 contributions
Interesting educational experience on how access to music evolved
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very educational and not what I expected when I arrived. I got an education in musical devices and the evolution of music entertainment as it was made accessible to everyone. The presentation introduced you to various inventions that brought music into our lives and not just available to the rich and large metropolitan dweller.
Written July 6, 2021
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Jari G
1 contribution
A HIDDEN LITTLE GEM!
Jun 2021
If you find yourself in the Traverse City, Michigan area, the Music House Museum is a "must see". The outstanding array of musical instruments, some of which are very unusual, was fascinating. The guided tour was so interesting and educational and the docents that give the tours, are a wealth of information. Make the time to visit this museum, you'll be glad you did.
Written July 6, 2021
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LuvMitten
Muskegon, MI32 contributions
What a find! How have we missed this on our many visits to the Traverse City?!!
Sep 2020 • Couples
We were floored by the amazing mechanical instruments at this museum. Many types of player pianos, jukeboxes, Nickelodeons, a Wurlitzer theatre organ and an amazing 18 ft tall x 30 ft wide hand carved Mortier Dance organ. Definitely participate in the guided tour, where many of the instruments are demonstrated. You will be amazed at the beautiful music created by these automated instruments. I was floored to hear such intricate music played from holes punched in a roll of paper!
Written September 24, 2020
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Elaine T
1 contribution
Very enjoyable and interesting
Jan 2020
Loved the tour. Found it interesting and entertaining. The history of the highlighted musical instruments was amazing and I was in awe. We happened upon this gem and happy they were open.
Written January 18, 2020
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palisades76
Branch112 contributions
Absolutely outstanding!
Oct 2019 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this unique museum with their incredible collection. We found the 90-minute guided tour (included with the ticket) to be very interesting as a wide variety of musical instruments were demonstrated. Be sure to allow yourself an extra 30 minutes or so to browse several additional hallways of displays on a self-guided tour.
Written October 19, 2019
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Kaleen L
Erie, PA9 contributions
A precious gem of a museum
Oct 2019
This is a must see if you are near Traverse City. Staff is quite friendly and knowledgeable about their displays that are quite rare. Only downside, it is tough to locate though. So please keep this in mind. If you are going south on Rte 31, it is just before Rte 72. If you're going north on Rte 31, it's 1.6 miles beyond Rte 72. It sits on the bay side of the road, which is the north side of Rte 31.
Written October 13, 2019
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yellowbirdVermont
856 contributions
The Sights and Sounds You Will See
Oct 2019
The two gentlemen who gave us a presentation of the history, musical instruments and culture of times gone by, were excellent. You will see many musical devises that probably are not from your life time. You will see player pianos, and hear machines that will be enjoyable to your eyes and ears and not found anywhere else.
Written October 12, 2019
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Music House Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM