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“Cool for music buffs.”
Review of Music House Museum

Music House Museum
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Acme
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Owner description: 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.
Traverse City, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Cool for music buffs.”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

If you like antiques + music + history, you'll love this place. There is a lot to look at, including a mock-up of an old general store, complete with vintage product packaging. I was attending a wedding here, in their reproduction of an old-timey saloon...very cool.

Visited May 2012
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Western Maryland
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great find!”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

We made this an option for a family reunion. Our musicians all went and loved it!! The volunteers cleverly begin with the small "music boxes" and work their way up to some amazingly huge organs. You can see that the guides love what they do and telling about the instruments. There are only guided tours, so you might want to call ahead to see what time the tours are expected to start. Leave plenty of time because there is also more to see on your own. We could have likely spent twice as much time there as we had available.

Visited August 2012
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Windsor, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“For the music lover!”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

This place was very informative and our tour guide Tom was great! He gave us the history behind every instrument and then a demo. These are very rare instruments and you can tell very loved by those who take care of this museum. There have player pianos, nickelodeans and organs. The tour last about 90 minutes. We had 6 kids with us from 4-16 in ages who also enjoyed. Tom included three of them in one of his demonstrations to keep them engaged. If you love music and the story behind the pieces take the time and support this place!

Visited August 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Level 6 Contributor
311 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“A strange place!”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

We stopped and the proprietor literally begged us to pay and take the tour. My wife went back to the car and I decided to try it. After about 5 minutes, it was so hot inside the building I gave up. it must be interesting as it has been there a long time. Once in a while, a place will just give you the 'heeby jeevies' and you decide it best not to stay around. This one did it for us.

Visited July 2012
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Chicago, IL
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Please visit if you like automated musical instruments!”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

We read about the Music House Museum in the guidebook "Off the Beaten Path -- Michigan". Since my husband and I like musical instruments and the entry in the guidebook provided a enticing description of the collection at the museum (located in a barn) we decided to stop in.

If you go to the Traverse City Visitors Center they will give you a coupon for a $2 discount off of each admission. There is a Guide who gives a detailed explanation of each instrument, most are very rare. They have a player piano, three organs, a mechanical violin. The Guide has vast knowledge and is genuinely interested in making your visit a great one.

Plan to spend between 1.5-2.0 hours. There is a lot to see and the guided tour provides detailed information and a demonstration of the featured instruments.

Please go if you like music and history, here the two are combined in a fascinating way!

Visited June 2012
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