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“Organ fun”

St. Albans Organ Museum
Ranked #17 of 50 things to do in St Albans
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

Visited the organ museum (or more accurately the organ theatre) for the first time last Sunday afternoon for their festive show. A real Christmas cracker - trust me, you don't know the meaning of the word entertainment until you've witnessed a pensioner playing a Beatles medley on his home-made organ!

So onto the venue and the 'museum' aspect itself.... For me slightly disappointing. There just wasn't enough information to read and things to really capture your attention. Yes, the instruments are very ornate and attractive but it needs more. Let's have some facts about how they work, boards detailing the age, country of origin, value etc. Maybe have a stripped back organ to view, fun facts about organs..... The venue is a bit restrictive as its basically just a large hall but be imaginative. Sorry to be critical as I did enjoy the concert, but everything looked a tad tired and dated.

Full credit to the volunteers though, who do a great job.

Thank Sahloff79
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Fascinating place with an amazing collection of Organs restored and playing. Run by enthusiasts, their knowledge and love for the instruments is obvious. Do check their web site for opening times but well worth a visit. It is not far from the town center and there is easy parking.

3  Thank Carrie6651
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

I had intended to write a review full of childish "organ" innuendo - but i see i have been beaten to it!

Instead i can agree that this is a rare collection of organs, and is worth a visit to see them in action. The staff are all big fans, and can go into too much depth, but taken that into account well worth a visit.

1  Thank paul s
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

The museum opens for a short and set period on a Sunday afternoon and you need to arrive punctually to enjoy the whole experience. Entrance fee includes tea and a biscuit half way.

The owner has acquired an outstanding collection of mechanical organs over many years and a volunteer will tell you their history and demonstrated a wide range of pieces. A live performance may also be thrown in.

Thank TheFSG
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Reviewed 24 August 2012 via mobile

I had come to St Albans initially to see the rather fine signal box, but upon telling my wife about the organ museum she was very keen for us to visit. I have quite a large organ at home which my wife has always admired, so I suppose it's only in her nature to wish to compare it to others. She was not disappointed. Although quite expensive to get in there were some mighty fine organs inside, many of which, I have to admit, are superior to mine. We passed a very enjoyable hour, my only complaint being that my wife wanted a go on the largest of the organs to see if she could get a good tune out of it - however this was not permitted. Photography is allowed however, so you can snap away until your heart's content. We have quite a portfolio of organ shots now, a particular favourite of mine being the 1936 Whankshaft Würlitzer - top stuff!

14  Thank GeorgeHarveyBone
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