The Musical Museum

The Musical Museum, Brentford: Hours, Address, The Musical Museum Reviews: 5/5

The Musical Museum
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Musical Museum tells the changing story of how people have captured and listened to music over the last four centuries. From tiny music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in our concert hall, the collection includes an impressive array of instruments and inventions, including reproducing pianos, orchestrions, self-playing violins, pipe organs, gramophones & synthesizers. Find out how music was recorded and reproduced, see and hear them in action. Located near Kew Bridge, Brentford, we're open on Thurday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays from 10:30am to 4:30pm. Tours with live demonstrations take place at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Concession discounts and reduced prices for children and families are available. The Museum is open on any day for groups consisting of 20 people or more - please contact us for further details.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Chrissie B
Knutsford, UK29 contributions
Fantastic!!
Apr 2021 • Family
This is such a lovely little museum. We had a drink in the cafe followed by a tour. Our five year old really enjoyed it. Perfect length of time to keep him entertained
Written May 28, 2021
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Ken Finn
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK32 contributions
Fascinating guided visit of demonstrations.
Oct 2020 • Couples
All staff were very helpful. Adrian, out guide was very knowledgeable, and they will guide even if they only have one person. Loved hearing the mechanical music exhibits demonstrated. The Wurlitzer was great fun, with the performance space well set up to be covid safe. Cafe was very simple, with sandwiches freshly made to order.
Written November 1, 2020
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Ned Gould
London, UK5 contributions
Great afternoon at this hidden gem
Mar 2020
As it was just the two of us who arrived at the museum for the afternoon tour, we had the wonderful guide Roy to ourselves! He was very knowledgeable and showed us how all the instruments worked. The last item in the tour was the amazing Wurlitzer theatre organ. We will definitely be returning for concerts and to see the silent film screenings!
Written March 14, 2020
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Fareham visitor
Fareham, UK1 contribution
Fascinating museum
Mar 2020 • Couples
Have just visited the museum whilst on a on a weekend break. We had an excellent tour given by Marcus .He was so knowledgable and made the whole experience absolutely fascinating . It was late in the day but they kept the cafe open for us and the staff were all really friendly.
Well worth visiting.
Written March 14, 2020
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edvi29
1 contribution
A hidden jewel!
Mar 2020
This is one of the many great "hidden" places you find in London.
An interesting walk through the history of how people have listened to music over the lats four centuries guided by the wonderful and knowledgeable Roy. With a collection of unique incredible well kept pieces that will inspire your imagination.
An absolute must!
Written March 10, 2020
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david b
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Great tour by the one and only Roy! Don't miss it.
Mar 2020
Great tour by the one and only Roy! Don't miss it. We had great time & learned a lot on the history of instruments making. Roy is a young 90 years old guide with a lot of knowledge and tons of humour!
Written March 9, 2020
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alvalvalv
London, UK80 contributions
Eye opening and fun!
Mar 2020 • Family
A fascinating museum of music technology from late 1800s onwards. Roy the passionate and witty tour guide explains how it all worked and we got 2 hours worth of demos... We even had a go at pumping the player-piano! Delightful surprise in Kew and worth a trip - make sure you join at tour time.
Written March 9, 2020
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bened49
London2 contributions
Wonderful gem of a museum
Mar 2020
Tucked away in Brentford, but if you are at all interested in the history of "recorded" music, make the effort to go. Wonderful collection of instruments from the earliest music boxes to the latest phones all bought to life by their wonderful guides.

Roy, a young chap of 88 showed us around and bought it all to life with both his knowledge and active demonstration of the various instruments ranging in size from a tiny hand held music box to an organ that would not have been out of place in a cathedral.

The chance to hear Stravinsky play one of his own compositions live does not come along every day, particularly since he's been dead for 50 years! But, a piano roll
"recorded" by him and connected to a concert grand, must be the next best thing; every note and every nuance captured on the day when he played was there. Very much a hairs standing up on the back of the neck moment.

Then, just when we thought it could not get any better, Roy emerged from the depths of the museums concert hall, riding the mighty Wurlitzer! We were then treated to all the capabilites of this wonderful machine which took us back to the picture houses of the 20's and 30's.

If you are interested in music of any sort, dont hesitiate - GO!
Written March 8, 2020
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360_gnesk
Birmingham, UK5 contributions
Worth your time!
Mar 2020
This museum is among my favourites! Extremely knowledgeable staff, amazing pieces on show and very interactive. You can hear the instruments playing music and if you visit the museum, you will know what I mean by: 'I played the piano with my feet!!!' Which I actually did!
Written March 1, 2020
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Andrew Wetherall
Ashford, UK1 contribution
A museum where several of the the instruments are played during the tour.
Feb 2020
I like the demonstrations of the musical boxes, pianolas and a couple of orchestra machines. A guide let the audience pump the two pianola foot peddles to turn the paper with punched holes that plays the instrument. A gramophone was demonstrated with a horn shaped loud speaker.
I like some pictures on a wall with funny ways instruments can be shown. One was skating on a lake. Another was a cat winding a mechanism to play one set. Another was of three wise men - I like the style of art work.
The star instrument is a Wurlitzer rescued from Kingston on Thames. The guide said that silent films may have Wurlitzer accompaniment. Sound effects include air raid siren, waves on the sea, and an ambulance bell. It is on first floor in a concert hall with a sprung floor where dancing is taught.
Written February 29, 2020
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