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Musical Museum

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Address: 399 High Street, Brentford TW8 0DU, England
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+44 20 8560 8108
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11:00 - 17:00
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Fri - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Musical Museum contains one of the world's foremost collections of...

The Musical Museum contains one of the world's foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments. From the tiniest of clockwork music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer the collection embraces an impressive and comprehensive array of reproducing pianos, orchestrions, orchestrelles, residence organs and violin players. The Museum is open on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays from 11AM to 5PM, last entry is at 4PM. Tours with live demonstrations of self playing instruments and the Mighty Wurlitzer take place at 11.30AM, 1.30PM & 3.30PM. Concession discounts and reduced prices for children and families are available. The Museum is open on any day for groups consisting of 20 people or more. Please contact the museum for further details.

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Little big museum

Great museum near Kew Gardens. The unique collection of mechanical musical instruments was brought into life by the entertaining and very informative tour conducted by a volunteer... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Antero L
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Turku, Finland
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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great museum near Kew Gardens. The unique collection of mechanical musical instruments was brought into life by the entertaining and very informative tour conducted by a volunteer guide Marcus. In this case volunteer meant professionalism. Never a dull moment during the one hour tour. What a nice and friendly atmosphere there was and the lady at the reception was cream... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic collection of self playing instruments from before the days of microphones and recordings - music boxes, pianos, violins, some weird contraptions, plenty of wonderful ones! They all work and can be demonstrated. For many, most impressive would be the Mighty Wurlitzer rising through the stage. Ours was a group visit with lots of demonstrations but not too much... More 

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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was not a planned visit; my partner and I were on site for a conference. However during break times we had wonder around. The museum is set in a new building which has all the modern comforts; decent toilets, wheel chair access and lifts. The canteen is well staffed; the menu choice is slightly basic and you need cash... More 

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Thank Mark B
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful little museum. Fantastic collection of mechanical musical instruments. We had a guided tour from Roy, which lasted nearly two hours, and was so entertaining. He was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and was expert at judging his audience - gave us just enough information, coupled with some little stories as illustration, then demonstrated each piece. Wonderful afternoon!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 7 year old today and it was utterly magical. Amazing how well these instruments were made all those years ago. The gentleman who took us round was so engaging. He really knew what he was discussing and took his time to explain. The tea shop was also very nice. The cakes were lovely. The sandwiches really good... More 

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1 Thank nalwanga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A warm and cosy museum filled with music and surrounded by a welcoming family atmosphere. But most importantly - an excellent tour guide Roy, who is a true inspiration with great stories to tell. This is an amazing experience for both adults and children! Highly recommended!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting place. The guided tours are frequent and included and this is what makes a visit here worthwhile. Your entry fee is valid for 12 months. The people here are very enthusiastic and bring these musical machines to life along with some interesting stories and history. I think kids would love this place.

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1 Thank AndrewMcCrorie
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited today and thoroughly enjoyed it. We usually avoid joining guided tours, but agreed afterwards it was the best way to fully appreciate what a marvellous collection the museum has. We gave our 8 year old the opportunity to leave the tour part way through, but she wouldn't hear of it. Roy was the perfect host, very knowledgeable and... More 

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Thank KC4791
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited last month with a coach party from Tonbridge U3A in Kent. We found it very interesting and fascinating. Our guide (sorry I forget his name - he was one of the trustees) was very informative, entertaining and approachable, and the short concert on the Wurtlizer with Chris Barber and a young lady singer afterwards was lovely, as was... More 

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyable museum with plenty of exhibits to look at, photograph and hear. Time your visit to take in one of the tours and if you're lucky enough to get Roy, you will have a very enjoyable time. Roy's knowledge is possibly unsurpassed and his singing is very good too. The instruments are part of a bygone era and timeless... More 

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