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We visited this museum at the weekend as a party of four - and are so glad we did. It is totally unique - a snapshot of mechanically-produced music through the ages. There can't be anywhere else like ... more »
A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday morning. Interesting and instructive, and our guide Roy made it all come alive as only a true enthusiast can. Deserves the high reputation in t... more »
Arrived at opening time 10.30 was net by the staff who were very nice and helpful, looking at the museum thought this will take 10 min to go round - staff suggested we wait for the guided tour at 11 a... more »
Really fun place with a lot of history. The guide brought everything to life and 1½ hours flew by. We had our AGM in the room with the wurlitzer. Delicious food, fab service and a lovely day. Apparently they screen movies and hold tea dances here too.
Asked on the day by tour guides to give positive reviews. Yet we were being rushed around the tour because they had another function that night. A bit sad about this - I understand they couldn’t be late for another function but we had booked a party of us for my father’s 70th birthday on a Saturday night and many people had come from around the country to be with us that evening, and the musical museum was a big part of that. Excellent tour guide, very interesting artefacts, however it was cut short by an old bloke who came in and tapped his watch at the tour guide. Said in front of everyone “we’ve got to wrap it up now”. We had barely been going for long and had seen approximately 30% of all the instruments which I was sad about as you can’t just wander around the museum without the guide - not that kind of place. So being rushed really ruined it for me. However I only have very positive things to say about our youngish tour guide who handled this embarrassing interruption with incredible diplomacy. This chap was knowledgeable, charming, and interesting, and I just wanted to hear more from him. So sad it was cut short and that we couldn’t see instruments in more detail. We literally looked at two of the approx 50 instruments in the last room. Gutting. I think the reason was that we were due to have a Wurlitzer tour at the end, which was fantastic, but we kept on being reminded that the chap doing the Wurlitzer bit couldn’t be with us for long as he had rehearsals for something else that night. Also I tried to sit in a seat near the back of the hall and was told I couldn’t sit there because they were rearranging the room for a function that night, this all happened around us whilst we sat in the final part of our tour. Can’t believe this as my dad had booked our time for his 70th birthday! I only wanted to sit at the back because of an annoying screaming toddler (not in our party) ruining it for me. Finally, my father had booked, and checked multiple times throughout the preceding weeks, for me to play some tunes on the Wurlitzer but the guy doing the last part of the tour simply didn’t make this an option. I understand most of the people in our party were late, which is why I understand they missed much of the instruments in the first room, that’s their fault. But I was personally sad that I didn’t get a chance to see way over half of the beautiful instruments in this museum, especially the second room. I recall they said our tickets gave us entry again at a later date if we wanted to come back, so hopefully I’ll find the time to do this and update my review accordingly.
We found this museum in a travel book for kids. Since it was a rainy day and is not very far from us we thought let's check it out. We expected a fairly small museum and were not exactly sure what it would be like. But then we were very positive surprised. Everyone was super friendly. We saw and heard the Wurlitzer first which was very impressive. Then we went on a guided tour and it was very nice. Our tour guide was Roy and he was such a warm hearted, lovely person who made the tour interesting and fun. He told lovely stories, was wonderful with the kids and showed and played lots of instruments. He opened the instruments up so we could see the mechanics and how it all works. The museum has a nice variety of instruments so it does not get boring. We all learn a lot and had a great time. We will definitely recommend this museum to friends and family and are keen to come back for one of the event evenings.
Fascinating place! Some wonderful mechanical musical instruments here being restored and preserved, on view to the public with a very interesting guided tour. We missed the Wurlitzer so we will have to make a return visit.
We went expecting to view the instruments through glass casings and nothing more. Instead we were treated to a well informed, interactive adventure, with a guide who not only knew the history and mechanics of the instruments but was very entertaining. The range of instruments and their sounds was fascinating and it was all topped off with a talk and performance of the Wurlitzer organ. All in all a very rewarding experience. Thank you!!!
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