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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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As a major cultural and economic center, Utrecht has more than its fair share of centrally located hotels oriented towards business travelers visiting the city for a day or two. To stay longer without spending too much on a comfortable room, consider a self-catering apartment or guesthouse near the city's main train station. You can also explore the residential neighborhoods' family-run hostels, which offer simply furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi within walking distance of good restaurants and shops.
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  • The guide takes you on an enjoyable 50 minute tour involving some amazing working pieces. First class quality exhibits. Good souvenir selection and cafe.  more »
  • This is a fun place to visit, especially for children, but even for adults. You get to see the operation of various pieces.  more »
  • 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 w...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting, tells you history of social self playing music right from 1500 bc. Look for a guided tour.