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Museum Speelklok

Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
+31 30 231 2789
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Guided tour and working demonstration of many extraordinary mechanical musical instuments... read more

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martincj
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Was here as a kid, later with my kid

I visited when I was 4 years old, and took my daughter when she was 3. A great experience for kids... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
J L
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
Lange Elisabethstraat Mariaplaats
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Reviewed today

Guided tour and working demonstration of many extraordinary mechanical musical instuments. Definitely worth doing!

Thank martincj
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I visited when I was 4 years old, and took my daughter when she was 3. A great experience for kids as well as adults. I don't think there are many museums like this one.

Thank J L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Attending a conference in Utrecht and the evening welcome event was in the museum. A beautiful setting with really attentive staff.

Thank Wjl72
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Do try to go when there is a demonstration. The noise is wonderful, no way to turn it down so just as realistic as in the street. Very good guided tours [free].

Thank Pippa65
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Really nice. Friendly staff. The free guided tour is really a must. It enables you to watch and hear the instruments

Thank JenJozi
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

This is a pretty interesting and unique museum - it walks you through the history of how music went from being just live performances to being recorded to getting human voice recorded etc. It's cool to know about this in today's world of iTunes and...More

1  Thank buytics
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

This museum about mechanical music is fun! Definitely do a guided 'musical tour': it's free once you've paid the entrance fee and are given every hour, starting 10:30 (last one starts at 15:30). They can do it in English, if there are non-Dutch speaking people....More

1  Thank Beriha
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

If you plan to visit Utrecht you can spend 2 hours in this museum. We visited it 1.04.2018. (Easter Sunday) so there were no a lot of visitors. They provide a half-hour tour telling about objects and showing it's playing. Other time you can explore...More

Thank Olga S
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

On August 18 of the year 1956 it finally happened! That day Mr. C.J.A. de Ranitz, mayor of Utrecht, the exhibition 'From Music Box to Pierement'. This day can also be seen as the birthday of the current 'Museum Speelklok'.

1  Thank tonw307
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

I visited the museum with my 5-year old who is interested in music and mechanics, and we both had a great time. Besides the gorgeous and intricate self-playing music boxes of all types, I liked the converted-church setting, which was a welcome oasis from the...More

Thank Melissa W
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