Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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StevieCCD
Leigh-on Sea, UK98 contributions
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Where else can you hear the past, see what audiophiles where getting excited about 100 years ago or more? You have to go for one of the scheduled listenings...that’s the whole point.
Lovely small museum with keen and attentive staff. Good value too.
Full notes in English provided.
Written May 15, 2019
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cubfan22
Manila, Philippines91 contributions
Couples
It isn't everyday that you get to hear phonographs, and this museum provides that opportunity. In addition to seeing the phonographs themselves, there is a 30 minute session that involves playing recordings on different phonographs (time was at 11:00, 2:00 and 4:00 when we visited), and though the speaker delivers in Japanese, they have an English booklet that allows you to follow along. The sounds coming from these phonographs - some of which are more than 100 years old - is truly amazing!

Another nice touch is the 3rd floor where you can listen to any of hundreds of records on their two modern record players. Being children of the '80s, we listened to some Reo Speedwagon and Cyndi Lauper.

If you have some extra time in Kanazawa, this makes for a good hour, to hour and a half visit - depending on how long you want to listen to records! It is very near the Higashi Chaya district, so close to a major sightseeing area.
Written April 14, 2017
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Jannnq
New York City, NY7 contributions
Solo
After visiting some star attractions in Kanazawa city, I had some time to spare so I made my way to this museum after seeing the stellar reviews on TripAdvisor. I wasn't disappointed. Do not miss the phonograph demonstration which happens three times daily at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. It was interesting to learn that the different materials used to construct the speakers have a profound impact on the sounds produced. The curators were also extremely passionate and enthusiastic in sharing their knowledge. Truly a hidden gem in Kanazawa.
Written March 28, 2016
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Emily_G_Scott
Sydney, Australia380 contributions
Couples
Came into the phonograph museum using the day bus ticket and you will get 50yen discount, 250 yen entrance fee.

It houses a wide collection of phonographs, music recorder in the older days before digital music. It is so impressive and historical, forgot that music recorder was invented by Thomas Edison, same inventor who gave us light bulb.

There are a few sessions a day to showcase and explain the workings of some phonograph so try to catch that. In addition, on Sunday, they show case the oldest piano recorder in the world.

On level 3, you can listen to some of the LPs in collection. I listened to Wham - Make it Big LP. Careless Whispers sounded like live.

Highly recommended if you love music.
Written April 14, 2019
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kellyes2017
Birmingham, AL, USA92 contributions
Couples
My husband and I visited this little museum today. I know it will be a highlight of our trip to Kanazawa. There were so many beautiful music players. There is very little English signage, but that which is there is helpful. We spent close to an hour in the listening station playing LP's. They have a very diverse collection of LP's in a variety of genres.

DO NOT MISS the demonstration of phonographs. They have very early examples with a cylinder style, an early Edison diamond risk style and others. They play something from their collection on 10 different machines and explain about the different players. The entire demonstration is in Japanese, but they give you a nice guidebook which is essentially a script so you get the information provided. Of course, music is the universal language and so the listening part needs no words.

I'm so glad I read about it on trip advisor while planning my time here. It is well worth the 300 yen admission price.
Written July 20, 2017
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Dale T
Rockhampton, Australia315 contributions
Couples
Who would have thought these old pieces and the histories they hold could bring back such wonderful memories. I count myself fortunate to have a partner that was also stirred by these phonographs and the music of yesteryear. We stayed for the two demonstrations, the pianola and the half hour demonstration of various phonographs (gramophones is a term others may be used to). The presenter on a Sunday afternoon was as passionate late in the day as I imagine he would be at any other time of the week. The selection of music, both Japanese, American and elsewhere was something that on occasion had me in tears.

You'll never see it's like elsewhere and I urge you to purchase a day loop pass for the bus from the Kanazawa Station (about 500¥), go to stop 6, and walk the short 5 minutes or so. You can purchase CDs recorded from the various eras in which these amazing machines had their hay days. Over three floors you'll be transported to another time when the big sound of these devices was a miracle and wonder to the average home.
Written November 30, 2014
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Robert O
Lyme Regis, UK45 contributions
Couples
This small-but-beautifully-formed museum is well worth seeking out.

However, don't go looking for it at the west end of Kanazawa station, as shown on some maps, The forthcoming Shinkansen line means that it has it has had to find a new home at 920-0902 Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture Owari-cho, not too far from Kanazawa's well-known market.

The museum covers three floors and is nothing short of a complete history of the phonograph from Edison's first recordngs in the 1870's onwards. Apparently there are 540 machines and thousands of playable recordings. All the exhibits are beautifully restored and presented and there are demonstrations at various times during the day. Don't worry too much if you visit in between times because the curator, with a mischievous look in his eyes, will give you your very own musical performance. In this day and age we tend to assume that everything needs to be digitized to be any good - in which case just listen to one of these glorious old machines and give your ears a treat.

And should you wish to take away some of this fabulous music, there's a small shop selling CDs. Digital - of course! Admission charges are incredibly modest and won't stretch the budget.
Written April 19, 2014
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Danielle E
Slimbridge, UK151 contributions
Where else would you be able to hear phonographs or gramaphones made more than a century ago? Half hour performances are given at 10am, 2pm and 4 pm by a very enthusiastic chap. He speaks a little English and there's a well-written introduction. Even if you're not there at performance time there's plenty to listen to and to interact with the exhibits. Utterly charming
Written May 22, 2014
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Wanting
Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
Solo
It was a rainy day and being an LP enthusiast I thought I would pop into this museum. It’s a rather small museum with many many phonographs. Spent sometime listening to some records on the 3rd floor but the highlight of the museum was the demonstration of some of their phonographs.

It was an amazing experience to hear records and phonographs from the early 1900s playing right in front of you. The demonstration was in Japanese but there was a file that gave you the gist of it. They have 3 sessions a day, check the time before visiting!

Staff were very friendly and spoke a little bit of English. They tried their best to show me the highlights of the museum. A very nice place for any record lover.
Written December 4, 2019
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GIT
Melbourne, Australia409 contributions
Couples
We arrived a little after the scheduled sound test at 2pm but the nice lady actually repeated the test for us in English. As the sound test is conducted in Japanese, we were given a translated sheet so that we could follow the history of each of the gramophone.
This is a good place to relax and enjoy music that we have not heard before. Again, the nostalgic music is so soothing to the ears especially to Gen X people like us. I am sure the youngsters nowadays would not even know what LPs and records are. Overall, this is a very interesting museum and worth a visit.
Written April 14, 2019
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