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“Cheerful museum with live music, our son loves it!”
Review of Museum Speelklok

Museum Speelklok
Ranked #5 of 108 things to do in Utrecht
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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 guided tours, good shop, excellent cafe (which is also accessible without museum access). A must-do for all families with and without children, living in Utrecht or visiting.

Thank Maarten L
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

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 knowledgeable and enthusiastic even though they must have done hundreds of tours. On the tour you will hear each of the instruments play at least one song. Everything is on the same floor, so a visit would suit someone in a wheelchair. They make a clever link between digital technology and the way old mechanical movements were programmed to play music before the invention of the gramophone. They have a more modern Yamaha pianola which performs in the delightful tea shop. Guidebooks and Guides are available in Dutch and English. Have been there several times and always see something new. Would definitely suite a family with children, especially if it's raining outside.

Thank JonathanMarks
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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
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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 to the delight of both children and adults. I can find no fault with the museum and would recommend it highly to anyone visiting Utrecht.

Thank djw2000
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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 box. A mechanical device that reproduced music on various ways often with Cards or plates that had holes corresponding to the notes. This museum is exactly about that and if you are fond of music and or interested in mechanics this is an absolute must see. Make sure you follow the musical tour otherwise you will not be able to hear these amazing instruments.

Thank Saxplayer0815
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