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Museum Speelklok

Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
+31 30 231 2789
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The complete story of early "digitally" programmed music

This museum in a former church is a world-class collections of carillions, clocks, pianolas... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
JonathanMarks
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Huizen, The Netherlands
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Although it is quite interesting to see, quite a niche museum to visit. Would go if had an interest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Billy B
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
Lange Elisabethstraat Mariaplaats
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+31 30 231 2789
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Reviewed 4 days 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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.

1  Thank Phil F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a good place to visit, and take your kids. The collection is beautiful and extensive. For kids there's a sort of scavenger hunt, with a quiz for the bigger ones. Find all the monkeys, answer the questions, and create a song for a...More

1  Thank arjantupan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the museum is full of instruments, you cannot play them yourself. A self conducted tour is therefore very limited. There are tours where the instruments are set in motion and this is worthwhile to do.

1  Thank William Raleigh P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours, but could have spent longer. The guided tour was in Dutch and English, very well presented. There is an excellent shop and coffee/cake area. It was very child friendly

Thank Nick L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The collection of the musical instruments from over centuries is nice to see and listen to. They are functional and great to have a look at them and listen to the music

Thank subratasingh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum will surprise you and will leave you with a smile on your face. You'll learn all sorts of neat things that surprise you. It's an experience well worth your time. YOU MUST DO THE GUIDED TOUR (no extra cost). If you intend to...More

Thank Leo D
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