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Museum Speelklok

Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
+31 30 231 2789
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Suitable for all ages

This is a wonderful museum, Not only full of interesting organs and musical instruments but also... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Everything you want to know about mechanical music instruments

Museum "Speelklok" is located in an abandoned church building right in Utrecht's old center. It... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Museum Speelklok, the most cheerful museum in the Netherlands! During a visit to the typical Dutch Museum Speelklok, cheerful live music will surround you from centuries-old self-playing musical instruments. The history of these instruments started back in 16th century the Netherlands with the use of church carillons. Over the centuries, the general desire of people to be surrounded by music, led to the invention of all sorts of self-playing musical instruments: musical clocks, musical boxes, orchestrions (self-playing orchestras) and the traditional Dutch street organs. All of these instruments, including the famous street organ named Arabier and the so-called 8th world wonder the Violina, can be admired and heard during the lively museum tour. Thanks to the highly skilled Restoration Workshop, the collection is kept playing and this craft can be passed on from this generation to the next.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
Lange Elisabethstraat Mariaplaats
+31 30 231 2789
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful museum, Not only full of interesting organs and musical instruments but also amazing clocks that enable you to follow the fascinating development of mechanics over the years . We recommend the guided tour that is included in the price of the...More

Thank star03
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Museum "Speelklok" is located in an abandoned church building right in Utrecht's old center. It shows you everything you want to know about mechanically driven music instruments. In fact, mechanical music instruments were some of the first programmable devices, the precursor of our computers and...More

Thank Hendrik_NL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great collection of concertinas, player pianos, musical clocks and music boxes in old district Utrecht. Recommend you take guided tour because the guide will actually play certain devices, otherwise you're limited to recordings of how they sound. Make sure you see the 19th century French...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent museum full of fascinating objects. It's well worth joining the guided tour which is included in the entry cost and which includes a chance to hear some of these marvellous instruments playing. A great visit!

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited Museum Speelklok several times over the last few years, and enjoy it every time. The music in the museum tour and cafe makes the visit a cheerful experience. Great for kids: our son (4 years old now) loves to go there. Interesting...More

Thank Maarten L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum in a former church is a world-class collections of carillions, clocks, pianolas, musical boxes and street organs. You can wander around on your own, but it is better to follow the 40 minute tour which starts on the half hour. The guides are...More

Thank JonathanMarks
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Although it is quite interesting to see, quite a niche museum to visit. Would go if had an interest in it, but otherwise maybe not...

Thank Billy B
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Our son loves Wintergatan's Marble Machine and I discovered it was at Museum Speelklok. So we went there. We took the tour and it was SO worth it. The guide spoke excellent English and presented quite a few of the exhibits, making them play much...More

Thank djw2000
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Remember the times when there where no recordings of Music? No you don't. You are way to young. Music was either passed along with musical scores and sheets and you had to play it yourself,or if you were filthy rich you could afford a musical...More

Thank Saxplayer0815
Reviewed 27 July 2017

WE visited and wwere just able to join the tour where the machines were demonstrated. Hearing a 1915 dance organ play bohemian rapsody was brilliant.Automata were demonstratd and some were great to see still functioning.

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