Museum Speelklok, Utrecht

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Museum Speelklok displays a collection of self-playing musical instruments, such as music boxes, musical clocks, pianolas, and turret clocks. Here, you'll also see several of the quintessentially Dutch large street organs, or barrel organs. Opened in 1958 following a highly successful exhibit called "From Musical Box to Street Organ," the museum has developed a collection of automatic mechanical instruments recognized worldwide. Join the guided tour to learn more about the history of each instrument. On the tour, you'll also have the chance to interact with the items on display. Put Museum Speelklok and other Utrecht attractions into our Utrecht trip builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This museum in a former church is a world-class collections of carillions, clocks, pianolas, musical boxes and street organs. You can wander around on your own, but it is better to follow the 40 minut...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    At a cappuccino what background classical music, always fun to experience on rainy day
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  • August 12, 2017
    A museum as we never see! Specialized in mechanical music, this Museum offers free guided tours that worthwhile even if more detail on mechanisms would have been nice. The guides and the staff are really nice and passionate about so no problem so that they respond to our questions. Little more, the marble machine!
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  • June 2, 2017
    Highly recommend! There is so much to appreciate about self making music machines. Not just the delightful music but the amazing mechanical feats of days gone by! The addition of Wintergatan's Marble Machine is also a wonderful bonus!
  • July 8, 2017
    The always put on a good show. You should take the tour, in both Dutch and English, to get the full experience. Then the instruments really come to life, both literally and figuratively.
  • June 3, 2017
    Great stuff, do the free regular tour. Hearing the organs play makes all the difference between a boring and a great experience. Very busy on holidays.
  • May 28, 2017
    Speelklok is one of the best museums in Utrecht. I really appreciate the free tour. Be awared it's every thirty minutes past (an hour ). Otherwise you won't be able to hear how the biggest Organs plays. It's only 40 min but there is so much more to explore yourself. I understand that we can hear all the automata playing since there are old but It's just very disappointing that there were many exposures defected so you cannot hear even the melody recorder. It's worth it but always take a tour.
  • June 27, 2017
    Very interesting, tells you history of social self playing music right from 1500 bc. Look for a guided tour.

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