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“A music lovers delight”
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Musical Wonder House
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Docent lead tour of two hours hearing music boxes, player pianos, and other mechanical instruments all surround by antiques furniture in period rooms..

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Reviewed 31 July 2013

We wouldn't have searched this out, but we were in Wiscasset for lobster rolls at Red's Eats and saw it was rated as a "gem" by AAA. We took the one hour tour (which actually lasted longer than that) and that was more than adequate. I would not recommend the two floor tour for 3 hours unless you have a real fascination with music boxes and the history of various types of record players. The two of us had a private tour with Richard (the same guide others have mentioned). He was very personable, knowledgeable and interesting. If you're in Wiscasset, it's definitely worth a visit.

1  Thank CLFTraveler
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

...I can understand those that think it is way over priced.
My husband & I both are intrigued by music boxes & other musical contraptions.
Neither of us is nor has been involved in the music business.
We chose the 1hr, 1 floor tour with Richard. He was VERY knowledgeable not only about the history of the house (duplex) but the music "boxes".

We were very lucky to be the only 2 on this tour. October 7th 2012....it will close for the season in one week.

In reading several of the "poor" reviews I can understand that with many people on the tour one probably wouldn't get the same ability to see it all & hear the "stories" that go along with many of the items there.

Before we even left the first room (of three) the smallest & most wonderfully crowded with things...(all dusted by Richard)...Richard asked us if we had a further interest in something he didn't mention. Of course, we had several & he took the time to tell us all that we asked about. He wasn't hurried nor impatient. His stories were offered willingly. I'm sure when it's busy that would be a whole different story.

They DO offer a AAA discount which is the same as the senior discount meaning the $20 1hr tour was only $18. I say ONLY....but it's pricier that most museums in the area. (example, one block away at the corner of High St & Lee St the Castle tucker....also wonderful & less expensive)

There is SO much to feast ones eyes on it's almost overwhelming.

At the end, in the gift shop they had a 50% off sale...couldn't resist a small crystal piano that plays music, of course. We also bought 2 CD's of music box music. (I think the 50% off prices were what they should have been at the get-go....oh, well, we are happy campers anyway.)

1  Thank PanAmPatti
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

It took a little work to find this place but it was absolutely worth it. Some people have complained about the price of the tour at $20 per floor but one floor gets you three rooms jam packed with all kinds of wonderful, fascinating music boxes and at least an hour with the incredibly informative guide.

I had high hopes going in and wasn't disappointed - every box was a delight and when I asked about ones he hadn't shown us, he happily obliged. All in all a brilliantly quirky and fun museum.

2  Thank sianparker79
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed this unique museum about an hour from Portland in the charming town of Wiscasset. The admission is a bit on the high side, but in line with prices for other museums in this area that I visited. They offer 1 hour and 2 hour tours, and we took the one hour of the downstairs which takes you through three rooms.
You're allowed to take photos and videos, so be sure to bring plenty of memory cards. They have a wide range of music boxes the guide will play for you. There are too many boxes to play them all, but our guide was happy to play any box that caught our fancy that he hadnt already played. They explain the history of music boxes and how they work. They have whistling mechanical birds, a lot of music boxes with rolls and disks, and some that also add bells and small drums. The guide played an Edison wax cylinder recording (predates the record), a player piano and an early music box/record player. They also had playful music boxes such as a scene of skaters on a pond, mechanical dolls playing pianos, a 3-D painting of ships on a sea that moved, and a clown striking keys on a xylophone with a mallet.
There's a gift shop selling music boxes and CDs of the music. Bring some quarters, they have several coin-operated music boxes in the main hall you can play yourself.

5  Thank ChrissyHny
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