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Review of Museum Speelklok

Museum Speelklok
Ranked #4 of 114 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 23 September 2017

A unique collection of musical clocks and other "music players" from the past. Extremely interesting, educational and funny. Good for all ages.

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

My mom used to collect music boxes and miniature organs so this was a treat for her. Unfortunately Annemiek our tour guide gave her last tour with our group, she was fantastic!! Moms favorite part was the self playing piano and singing the Charleston. Great different activity! You can tell the people working here truly care about the instruments they have--such enthusiasm!!

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

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 ticket.
Our enthusiastic guide explained many interesting exhibits, but also played some of them, There is also much history attached to the extensive collection of Organs from all over the world. In our tour were adults of different ages and children and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

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 smart devices of today. My advice is to take a guided tour; the guide will show you, with explanations, several mechanical music instruments, from early gadgets for the living room of wealthy citizens, where you have to hold your breath to hear the melody till the large street organs and dance organs, which produce deafening music. Entrance is for a fee; free entrance with the annual Dutch museum card.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017 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 rabbit in the cabbage and the huge dance hall concertinas from the early 20th century.

Thank Mark S
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