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“Nice Surprise...Well Worth The Trip”
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Music House Museum
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Acme
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Owner description: The Music House Museum is located on US31 just north of Traverse City, Michigan. Now in their 30th year, the museum presents one of the most unique music museums in America. Ninety-minute tours demonstrate fully-restored mechanical instruments dating from 1870 to 1930.Guest will also see Models of buildings from Traverse City 1930’s era. Music boxes of all sizes, a mechanical street organ, one of largest dance organs built in Belgium in 1922 , Weber Duo-Art reproducing grand piano,1924 Wurlitzer theater organ used to accompany silent films.
Bowling Green, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Nice Surprise...Well Worth The Trip”
Reviewed 21 June 2010

On a rainy day in Traverse City we went to the mall because didn't know what else to do our kids and a local resident struck up a conversation with us. He recommended the Music House Museum as something interesting to do. We ended up going not really knowing what to expect and had a really good time. The exibits were great. The tour guides were knowledgeable and kept it very interesting. We had four children ages 12-15 with us and they enjoyed the tour as much as we did. There were lots of interesting things to see and listen to and we were definitely glad we went.

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Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great Mechanical Musical Devices Collection!”
Reviewed 23 August 2008

On tour with a 30 person group from Oregon, our Tour Operator found this GEM in Michigan. The Music House Museum is located in historic restored farm buildings with a collection of musical instruments large and small which play on their own in some fashion or another.

I loved a large almost room-size carousel music maker -- I forget the name of it but still have the image of it in my mind as well as a huge T. Mortier hand carved dance organ located on a mezzanine that filled the whole high-ceiling space with music.

This fascinating historical collection is both a rich visual and auditory experience. They have a gift shop so that you can take home a little bit of music, too. I highly recommend this fun stop about 8 miles north of Traverse City on US 31.

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Bay City, Michigan
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“Great little museum”
Reviewed 26 November 2007

I have visited this museum twice. The tours are very factual, a bit dry, but interesting, nonetheless. Located in a large, old white barn, there is a small self tour section with old musical instruments, phonographs, jukeboxes, etc.! The tour takes you through the rest of the barn, with short talks on various pianos, organs and such. They play a tune (not the tour guide) for you, some are short and some are a bit too long. All are player pianos-which means they play themselves. The history is excellent. The also have an old general store, and old local bar transported to this museum, to view. The largest piece sits at the top of the barn, and fits perfectly, and this was all by luck. It is a beautiful piece of rosewood. There is also a nice little museum store to purchase music boxes in many various forms and styles. $10/adult; $25 family. About 1.5 hours to see everything. Parking adjacent.

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