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Museum Speelklok

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Address: Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
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+31 30 231 2789
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Museum Speelklok, the most cheerful museum in the Netherlands!

During a...

Museum Speelklok, the most cheerful museum in the Netherlands!

During a visit to the typical Dutch Museum Speelklok, cheerful live music will surround you from centuries-old self-playing musical instruments. The history of these instruments started back in 16th century the Netherlands with the use of church carillons. Over the centuries, the general desire of people to be surrounded by music, led to the invention of all sorts of self-playing musical instruments: musical clocks, musical boxes, orchestrions (self-playing orchestras) and the traditional Dutch street organs. All of these instruments, including the famous street organ named Arabier and the so-called 8th world wonder the Violina, can be admired and heard during the lively museum tour. Thanks to the highly skilled Restoration Workshop, the collection is kept playing and this craft can be passed on from this generation to the next.

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Visited in 2016 Truly a wonderful place where they care about the history of Music

Set in a beautiful location the museum surely is a celebration of mechanical music across the years.the staff are very passionate about the magnificent collection of automated... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Set in a beautiful location the museum surely is a celebration of mechanical music across the years.the staff are very passionate about the magnificent collection of automated musical instruments. I was fortunate the on my visit the staff operated a street organ which doesnt get played very often. It made my visit very special. the train from Amsterdam is only... More 

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Stevenage, UK
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We visited this thirty years ago and it is an indication of its special interest that I have wanted to revisit since. The museum has had two facelifts since, I gather, and has a nicely presented collection of carillon, musical boxes, barrel organs, pianorola, and street organs. Unfortunately a number of exhibits were not working properly having been loved too... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This specialist museum zings with the quirky brilliance of its exhibits.Mechanised clocks wouldn't usually be up my straat,but thrown in with a collection of barrel organs of breathtaking sophistication AND a Village People soundtrack and I was hooked.Free tours enhance the experience.Plus great souvenir shop for all ages.Loved it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice museum in a beautifull building with a marvelous collection of automatic musicinstruments. Every hour is there a guided tour.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting museum on musical clocks. Actually quite large. If you have a Museum Card it is definitely worth 30 to 60 minutes to explore. Otherwise, you need to be really into the subject. It does have a small cafe and gift shop

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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent Place for all ages. PLEASE take the daily tour since you can then hear the Music from the different Music boxes- some larger than a room! Very interesting and DIFFERENT from most museum collections. Very unique items. They take the ICOM card as well. It was fun as well. Great also for a rainy day.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the combination ticket with the Dom tower. We weren't there at the right time for an english language tour, so walked around ourselves, and weren't overly enthralled. We were 3 master students, aged 24, so I guess tastes may differ from our but large areas of the museum were repetitive and not particularly interesting as there is little... More 

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Linkoping, Sweden
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum for adults and children alike. There are some amazing musical machines here, and if you're small and agile there are tunnels with delights that adults never get to see. Make sure to join the guided tour so you can hear the machines play!

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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Likes the organs and toys. A guided tour is highly recommended if not vital to enjoy the museum. The extra information provided by the impassionated guide made it an hour well spend. Even our small children (4 and 2) were entertained. A 12 euro entry may be a bit stiff.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We took the kids here on a recent visit to Utrecht. It was totally interesting and the kids enjoyed it. I recommend it.

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