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“Musical Wonder House”
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Musical Wonder House
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

This was such a lovely, tranquil visit on several occastions through the years! We would recommend to anyone near Wiscasset.

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This was a facinating and unique museum. The museum looks like a historic house, but it is completely full of the most incredible musical devices. Musical Wonder House is an appropriate name. I wasn't sure what to expect, I had never given too much thought to music boxes. This incredible collection gave me a whole new appreciation and education in the complexities and variety of musical devices leading up to, and including, early phonographs. Way before MP3s, cd's, or records... music boxes were the first form of music that you could own and take home. Before that, you'd need to get a musical instrument and play it yourself. The sound and diversity of these devices is way beyond what you'd think of today as a "music box". They were incredible, and sounded unbelievable!
There is an hour tour available (which we took), and a longer one too. The tour actually lasted about an hour and a half, the guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. To not only see these rare gems, but to hear them too, was fantastic. They take you through the rooms and demonstrate the devices in roughly chronological order, starting with the oldest to the more "modern" (like the Edison phonograph). The collection was so extensive and thorough... For every one that was played, there were dozens more to see. This collection is the largest and most complete in the world. We were in awe of music boxes with real percussion and chimes built in, music boxes that had changable songs on large metal discs, player pianos, and even miniture automatons. Photographs are permitted. This unique museum is highly recommended for those with a love of history and music!

Thank Lester242
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

It is an amazing place. Our guide Glenn was very knowledgeable. Our one hour tour actually lasted two hours since our guide was eager to answer all questions. He gave us an opportunity to listen to many music boxes and other mechanical instruments. We were able to touch many items. The tour was like a fairy tale. You have to visit the 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 1 August 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.

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