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“Well worth a visit if you love swing and are In The Mood!”

Glenn Miller Birthplace
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Clarinda
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Owner description: The boyhood home of Glenn Miller has been restored and opened to the public.
Rosebud, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit if you love swing and are In The Mood!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

The small town of Clarinda is a gorgeous little place, the kind I call a "Jimmy Stewart Town" because it is like an old Jimmy Stewart movie setting. This was very fitting considering Jimmy Stewart played Glenn Miller in the bio movie.
So we really enjoyed this museum and tribute to the great band leader. A lot of care and detail has been put into this place, from the gorgeous music note and clarinet decorated fencing to the displays inside, and Glenn Miller's childhood home full of authentic period items and some personal family ones. It was rather humbling to stand in the very room he was born in.
Our guide was a very nice man who had great knowledge and was also very interesting.
In the actual museum are many fascinating displays, including a great collection of sheet music, records, photographs, bandstand props, and Glenn's own trombone. And of course there is Glenn Miller music playing in the background.
I found this place to be a fitting tribute to a very important figure in the history of popular music.

Visited October 2013
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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51 attraction reviews
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“Nice newer museum and house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

The museum is very new and has some exhibits on the life and times of big band leader Glenn Miller. The house was in good shape and the person giving the tour did a great job of answering questions and sharing stories. Well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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“Echoes of the Big Bands”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

As you drive through rolling hills in southwest Iowa, you feel the cares of the 21st century fall away the farther you travel from I29. So by the time you arrive in the well-kept hamlet of Clarinda, it is easy to imagine a young Glen Miller playing with friends near the 2-storey, clapboard, family home. Although the museum is small, it is interesting to see the house where Glen was born and to watch the 1-hour documentary. If you enjoy big band music and are "in the neighborhood", stop by the Glen Miller birth place and museum. The docent for our visit was knowledgable and friendly. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 1-5pm. We enjoyed stepping back in time to a slower pace for a summer afternoon.

Visited July 2013
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Jabbeke, Belgium
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“Still in progress”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

We visited the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum and Home on June 14th during the Glenn Miller Festival. We did not have to pay an admission. I do not know if this is because of the festival. Their website mention an admission. In front of the museum are their parking spaces. The museum is not yet ready. They are still in the progress of putting it up. You can watch a video of 1 hour about the life of Glenn Miller. In the museum you can see his trombone and a lot of pictures.
Next to the museum is his birthplace house. It is fully restored and you can even visit the 2nd floor.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank AmarilisVos
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