The Musical Museum
The Musical Museum
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Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Musical Museum tells the changing story of how people have captured and listened to music over the last four centuries. From tiny music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in our concert hall, the collection includes an impressive array of instruments and inventions, including reproducing pianos, orchestrions, self-playing violins, pipe organs, gramophones & synthesizers. Find out how music was recorded and reproduced, see and hear them in action. Located near Kew Bridge, Brentford, we're open on Thurday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays from 10:30am to 4:30pm. Tours with live demonstrations take place at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. 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 us for further details.
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  • familygWiltshire
    39 contributions
    A hidden gem
    We have stayed nearby many times in recent years and always wondered what it was like. We finally got around to finding out - and wished we hadn’t left it so long! A unique collection of automated instruments, with a guided tour included in the admission price. Tour was a must do as Clive our guide was extremely knowledgeable and we were able to see all of the instruments working which was fascinating. This has to be one of the best kept secrets in the country, so glad we went
    Visited December 2022
    Written 2 December 2022
  • sophia l
    Sorrento, Italy3 contributions
    Eccentric museum and fun tour
    Loved this strange place. I have not seen something like this beforehand. I had a guide who helped us and he was funny, entusiasta and interesting. Many beautiful instruments that played themselves and audience participated. Unusual and fun for all. It was good value for money .
    Visited November 2022
    Written 2 December 2022
  • Jonny G
    9 contributions
    Fascinating little museum for music lovers
    I really enjoyed my visit - the tour showcased some examples of pianolas, player pianos, organs and other impressive instruments from eras gone by. You’re able to try them out, playing a vintage theremin was a highlight. Adrian the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable - although I was a solo guest, there was a young family present who had an equally enjoyable time! There’s a little spot for coffee and a snack on the first floor too, with a view of the river.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 January 2023
  • Serowesister
    Staines, United Kingdom109 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    Fascinating visit and excellent guided tour. We arrived early so wandered around the exhibits before our tour. Clive, our tour guide had excellent knowledge of the exhibits and the ability to play some of the instruments. The hour and a quarter of the tour raced by and the finale was a true highlight with our being able to see and hear the Wurlitzer. After the tour we had refreshments in the museum cafe. The sandwiches were freshly made, beautifully presented with a small salad and tasted delicious. All members of staff that we met were friendly and helpful.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 February 2023
  • Dave H
    1 contribution
    Wonderfully interesting for the mechanical and/or musical
    An absolutely fascinating collection of intricate instruments and machines. We happened to arrive just as a tour started and I would highly recommend planning your trip to include a tour, without the tour I suspect the experience would have been far less exciting. The guide was very passionate about the museum content, with some excellent knowledge and a few fantastic little musical numbers to add to the fun. Once the tour was finished we had plenty of fun inspecting the mechanics of the instruments in far greater detail, with all questions answered with enthusiasm by the helpful staff. Due to the nature and age of the instruments it appears that not all pieces are in operation at every visit so I will enjoy revisiting, when possible, to see what other wonders have been restored.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 February 2023
  • MayMaybe
    Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom110 contributions
    A delightful visit - guided tour a must!
    We went with out 8 year old. He’s generally got a very short attention span but he was engaged throughout the whole tour and really enjoyed the demonstrations of the various pianolas and organs. If you don’t catch a guided tour, it would be far less interesting as the stories behind the instruments are fascinating. My son even got to play on a Wurlizter :-)
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Jim G
    Bristol, United Kingdom22 contributions
    A wonderful step back in time
    It is definitely worth having a tour of this delightful museum. Our guide Adrian brought the instruments to life telling us the history of the pianola along with playing many of them . It was fascinating to hear music performed by original classical composers.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Freybird
    Shropshire, United Kingdom254 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    Very entertaining tour, nicely pitched and timed (just over an hour). Good knowledge from our guide and Wurlitzer man. Only negative was that cafe was closed when we finished, maybe they could stay open a bit later or tour (2.30) could start earlier.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Frances P
    1 contribution
    The amazing Wurlitzer
    Thoroughly excellent performance by Michael Wooldridge on the Wurlitzer today. Followed by a surprise session by a talented young organist showing his repertoire. Then a privileged peek behind the keyboards to see the Wurlitzer workings. A real treat and much more than we bargained - or paid for. Volunteer enthusiasts made us very welcome. We will definitely be back
    Visited April 2023
    Written 15 April 2023
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Phil E
Chesterfield, UK1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Friends
Fantastic place to visit, wasn't sure what to expect but it was really interesting. History of self playing musical instruments over the last few centuries plus a few other music related bits and bobs. From wind up music boxes to huge German made music machines like orchestras in a wooden box. Finishing with some Wurlitzer action. Definitely worth visiting.
Written 16 October 2023
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Helen G
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Friends
Our NHS Retirement Fellowship visited this great museum last week. We were made very welcome with excellent coffee and biscuits before our tour. The tour was so interesting and informative, our guide was excellent telling us about musical boxes and how these led onto the pianolos. Highly recommend.
Written 4 October 2023
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Richard B
London, UK20 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Unpromising from the outside, but inside a magical cabinet for the curious! A must to take the guided tour and experience demonstrations of the incredible self playing instruments. The Wurlitzer upstairs a highlight, especially if you get a chance to play to the theatre. This place really should be better known. Well done staff and volunteers. We’ll be back for the silent movie with organ accompaniment event at Halloween!
Written 10 September 2023
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Tandiwe80
Hong Kong, China17 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
I was expecting a rather static display of musical instruments but fortunately we took the guided tour. Our guide showed us and demonstrated a whole range of pianolas etc and was both very knowledgeable and entertaining. Definitely worth visiting!
Written 6 September 2023
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Ben B
8 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Anyone with an interest in music should visit this place. It's not just a lot of old instruments in boxes. The guided tour demonstrates the delights of ancient pianolas (player pianos), barrel organs, all the way up to a Theremin - one of the earliest electronic instruments - and then the star of the show an actual working Wurlitzer organ. The guide was both knowledgeable and amusing and they also put on events. I'm going to check their website regularly and find out what's coming on. Oh, and it's great for children as well.
Written 1 September 2023
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JanCanLudlow
Ludlow57 contributions
Aug 2023
Not obvious from the title of the museum but the tour was an excellent way to learn the history of mechanical music making. Our guide Adrian gave us demonstrations on most of the instruments from music boxes through pianolas to mechanical orchestras finishing with a magnificent Wurlitzer (and I don't normally like organ music). A visit is recommended for all - do take the guided tour.

Have stayed in Brentford on many occasions to visit Kew Gardens and walked past this museum often without realising the fascinating items inside. Well worth a visit.
Written 26 August 2023
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Daniel C
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Solo
I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a guided tour with Adrian, who couldn't possibly have been more amiable and informative.

The museum itself is a quaint cruise through automated musical history. Fantastic.

I'll be back for the live events.
Written 19 August 2023
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marjorie w
Blackpool, UK101 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Everything was interesting .Would not have missed this visit and well worth seeking out.We learned the history of automated instruments from their conception to the present day and our guide brought the experience to life with his very good and educational tour.
Written 16 August 2023
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bgks
Leeds, UK44 contributions
Jul 2023
We weren't sure what to expect from a trip here and it turned out to be fantastic. The automated musical boxes and instruments were fascinating. The tour was excellent and we even got chance to try some things out for ourselves like a pianola and the Theramin. We'll be coming back for another go!
Written 6 August 2023
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Fwadey
Taunton, UK2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
I went with my dad for the tour around here. It was amazing and loved every minute of it. Our tour guide I think his name was Alistair he was a pleasure to listen to, he demonstrated the different instruments and his knowledge was very thorough. Highly recommend this hidden gem of a museum.
Written 25 July 2023
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The Musical Museum is open:
  • Fri - Sun 10:30 - 16:00