Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett

Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett

Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
First German Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments. Discover and enjoy: About 350 mechanical music instruments out of 3 centuries. Experience an eventful 45-minute tour with music. Tours are available in 9 different languages. We are situated in the Bromserhof, a knight's manor of the 15th century. Just above the Drosselgasse in Rudesheim am Rhein. Opening times: From March 1st onwards the museum is open from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every day. From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. only on request. Reservation required. Minimum amount of 4 visitors. Visiting Siegfrieds Mechanical Music Kabinett is only possible with a guided tour since we operate the instruments for you.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Deryn H
    Waterlooville, United Kingdom2,450 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such an interesting museum
    We visited this museum on the Noddy train which itself was quite an experience. But the museum itself was fantastic. We were given a 45 minute tour whilst we were there but honestly we could have stayed all day. There was so much to see and hear. We had demonstrations of most of the music playing machines and instruments, some 300 years old. It was so very interesting.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 3, 2023
  • marriott946
    London, United Kingdom820 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Organs
    The guide was first class and dressed to suit the period. Amazing old instruments back to 1800's. Demonstrations were given which got the group singing. Don't miss it. Thank you Team Siegfreid
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Jessica S
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Rüdesheim
    This fantastic museum located in the scenic town of Rüdesheim is absolutely worth a stop on a Rhein Valley tour. This small family run museum has a wonderful collection of mechanical musical instruments. Though our tour was in German, they gave us an English language print-out which translated the essential information, and our guide was very expressive so we could follow the highlights even without knowing the language. There are English tours available, but we didn't plan enough in advance to get on one. The instruments themselves were fascinating and really really cool! The tour was well worth the 10 euro fee. Logistics: If unlike me you have your act together, I reccomend calling/emailing ahead to plan a tour, the museum is quick and responsive to emails. Alternatively, you can show up and ask when tours are that day, they run on the hour. We had luck with this in sholder season (October). Just note that some slots may sell out to tour groups, so I would recommend swinging by earlier in the day for this option. However, don't be dissuaded if this is a last minute trip, even if they are sold out, the little courtyard in front is scenic, and there are plenty of things to do nearby.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Christa H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully unusual and fun
    We had the pleasure of visiting today and were given a tour by our guide Luke. He was absolutely delightful. He took his time explaining everything to us and was able to really engage my 7 and 9 year old kids who were asking him many questions, and he knew the answers to even the most random things. The instruments are all impeccably maintained and in very good condition and I really appreciate that they arent afraid to demonstrate how so many of them work. This museum is an absolute gem.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Elstonian
    West Sussex, United Kingdom126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly very wonderful
    This museum is housed in a beautiful and ancient building, which alone would be worth the trip. However, the music machines are absolutely wonderful. There are several wonderful fairground - type machines, but the star has to be the machine that plays a whole violin section with piano accompaniment. Simply breathtaking. If you are anywhere near, Go!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 10, 2023
  • ABC A
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First class museum, unique and historic and the excellent guided tour brings it to life
    This museum is a 'must see' in a visit to the Rhine as it has some priceless artefacts in this lovely building and is such a unique and interesting part of the area's history. The guided tours are fascinating and very well delivered. I would highly recommend to people of all ages.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 17, 2024
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Janet M
Cordova, TN720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is a unique and different museum that we visited while in Rudesheim, Germany in August 2021. It was an included excursion on our 8-day Avalon Waterways river cruise. Once you enter the museum, our guide took us around the museum and provided an insight into music boxes in the past and its place in society as well as traditional techniques in making the musical boxes and the music rolls. It’s interesting to understand how these instruments work and to be able to listen to its fine music. I especially enjoyed seeing the snuff box with a musical songbird that was produced in the first half of the 19th Century by J. Bruguier in Geneva. When the mechanism is activated, it opens the oval lid and a tiny bird appears, moving its beak and flapping its wings. The small songbird music boxes were very popular with wealthy people who snapped them up for their collections. We enjoyed this museum and it was way beyond our expectations.
Written January 24, 2022
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A highlight of our visit to Rudesheim. Great for all ages. What an amazing historic collection. Can only be visited as part of a one hour tour so that you can see a number of the instruments demonstrated. They range from large, beautiful carousel instruments to tiny music boxes. The building itself is also beautiful. Only criticism is that there was little time to look around and look at the full range of exhibits.
Written July 4, 2023
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Robert P
Annapolis, MD623 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My wife and I visited at the recommendation of a friend who restores mechanical musical instruments and has his own (small) museum in his home. Although we saw a number of interesting instruments, we were underwhelmed in that there was no explanation as to how they work and why they are unique. Unlike player pianos, etc. most of the instruments (which also use rolls), generally have expression of sound. Many of those we heard were so loud and noisy and simply were not impressive. additionally, the docent who lead the tour had limited knowledge about the workings of the instruments. If one visits Ruedeshiem, a visit here is a must, but don't expect that this is the best one will hear from these instruments.
Written October 8, 2022
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Ian F
Philadelphia, PA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Business
We were in Rüdesheim with a group of 40 US and German high school students hoping to do a Ringtour. Unfortunately, pouring rain made us change our plans. We were intrigued by the museum's name but didn't expect much. We were so wrong! First, the curator let our group of 40 have a tour without a reservation! Our tour guide's presentation was very informative, entertaining, and on par with best Broadway performances! In addition, unique mechanical machines were a delight to listen to and to see. Overall, an amazing collection worth seeing, and not only on a rainy day!

Written April 13, 2023
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TripRabbit
Virginia444 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Perhaps it is not fair, but because Ruedesheim in so touristy, I was prepared for a good — but not great — experience here. Was I ever wrong. The museum conducts regular tours in various languages, and it is essential to join a tour to hear some of the many interesting instruments actually played. It is a wonderful experience to see and hear some of the most notable of them sound as they did when first built. A remarkable and unusual collection and a worthwhile visit of about one hour. Highly recommended.
Written June 25, 2022
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Sandra P
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Visited this museum as part of our provided tours on a Rhine cruise. We almost backed out, thinking it would be hokey. So glad we decided to visit! The guide was quite entertaining and gave us a lot of background on how and who created the different musical cabinets, which were so intricate, and their music was delightful! The building was quite interesting also - similar to a small castle with tunnels and a chapel. My dad had a TWA poster that showed this building for Germany. We saw a copy of the poster in the stairway on our way out. My dad, sister, uncles, and husband all worked for TWA in Kansas City, MO and my dad decorated our basement with TWA posters! Such a surprise to see one that we own in this museum!!!
Written June 26, 2023
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Christa H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We had the pleasure of visiting today and were given a tour by our guide Luke. He was absolutely delightful. He took his time explaining everything to us and was able to really engage my 7 and 9 year old kids who were asking him many questions, and he knew the answers to even the most random things. The instruments are all impeccably maintained and in very good condition and I really appreciate that they arent afraid to demonstrate how so many of them work. This museum is an absolute gem.
Written November 20, 2023
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paul1051
Maastricht, The Netherlands22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Very special museum. Good explanation about all the mechanical instruments from the past. Absolutely also for children, to see how the music instruments evolved until modern instruments came. It really feels as if a full orchestra is playing!
Written November 10, 2022
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hydrojoe
Ottawa, Canada281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This museum contains a working collection of mechanical instruments capable of playing music. If you've seen an upright mechanical piano or seen a small music box with a balerina slowly spining you ain't seen nothing yet. This museum houses many different types of mechanical instruments including one that was used to produce the different sounds of the early silent films, one that manages to make violins scratch away, one that lays a classical piono concerto, etc. The highlight for me is this tiny, tiny music box with a small bird on the cover that tweets and flaps its wings.
Written January 21, 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,775 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett is situated 50m on the famous fDrosselgasse, a small lively street in Rudesheim.

It is a fun museum with a collection of 18th- and 19th-century mechanical musical instruments that play themselves.

We didnt do the tour but enjoyed the musical display located at the front.
Written February 20, 2023
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