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“What a treat!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mechanical Music Museum

Mechanical Music Museum
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“What a treat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We weren't planning to visit this museum but did so on impulse - and what a fantastic experience. Although it did seem expensive (£8 entrance fee) it was actually worth every penny. David, our guide, was extremely informative, enthusiastic and brought all of the exhibits to life in such an enjoyable way. Also, praise too for the staff in the clock shop through which you walk to reach the museum. We had a very interesting talk with them too.

Visited October 2013
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Romsey
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Worthwhile Musical Interlude”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

You are given a guided tour of this small but interesting museum. The tour lasts about 45 -50 minutes. Our guide was knowledgeable and amusing. A worthwhile visit but if you're travelling far you'll need to combine it with something else. We went on to Birdland in Bourton on the Water which is just six miles away.

Visited September 2013
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North Yorkshire
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was a fascinating museum and worth every penny. The two guides make the talks and demos very interesteing and are clearly really keen on their subject. It was a real highlight of the holiday for me, as I am a pianist and I loved looking at the internal workings of the various machines. probably not suitable for little ones but older children would enjoy it, especially if they at of the "how does it work?" stage. There are several chairs available for those who are less mobile. One short set of stairs to ascend in the museum.

Visited August 2013
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Surprisingly good for young and old”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We tried this on the basis of the positive reviews, and all three of us (me and 11 and 13 year olds) really enjoyed it. It is 50 minutes watching fascinating devices and listening to a true devotee talk about them, which might stretch the patience of younger children, but mine were interested the whole time and quickly declared it 'excellent' on exit. Entrance is not cheap (£8 adults, children £3.50) but I felt it was worth it.

It might do to ring ahead. I hadn't realised that entrance is only with the guide, and we arrived half an hour before the next tour was due. We happily spent that time browsing in the very interesting little shop, but it could catch you out in different circumstances. The village is very beautiful, although there is not much there, and we were lucky to see it in superb summer weather. The nearby Doll's House shop looked amazing but is only open Thursday - Sunday, and we did have a look around the very beautiful church just nearby, which is of interest.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“A really lovely little find for the music geek!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

My musical Australian friend and I made a beeline to visit this quirky little museum.

The admission price of £8 per head does seem a little expensive for an hour or so of indulgence when you consider you can go into the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for £9, but do remember that this is an independent specialist museum....

We both spent quarter of an hour wondering around the very well stocked large gift shop that seemed to have something for all pockets and ages. You can buy anything from an antique restored music box for a few thousand, to a music themed pencil or postcard. Very ideal for gift buying for the music enthusiast!

The tour itself consists of entering one fairly small exhibition room packed with mechanical music items from all eras. The chap hosting the tour was obviously very knowledgeable and talks you through the key moments of the evolution of the music box to gramophone to duke box. The museum holds some very rare copies of archive recordings which are played for you on the various historical machines. The building itself is quite interesting having formerly been a school retaining some of the plaques and memorial objects from that era.

Top tip is while the host speaks do take time to peer around the walls -
There is a music box disk that David Bowie commissioned with his song 'As the world falls down' from the film "Labyrinth' almost anonymously on the wall. Apparently the craftsman at the museum made two copies keeping one for the museum, and one given to Bowie for use in the films opening scene where Sarah opens her jewellery box and it plays. Seeing that was for me a geeky highlight....

Visited July 2013
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