Museum Van Speelklok tot Pierement
6 Steenweg, Utrecht, Netherlands
030 231 2789
Museum Van Speelklok tot Pierement Utrecht Reviews
Nationaal Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement Jun 22, 2010
I have been to this museum twice and both times were fun! The Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement is specialized in mechanical music instruments, especially the famous, typically Dutch barrel organs (in Dutch: "draaiorgels") and explains the history and mechanisms behind them.
An entrance ticket costs 8 euros. Every whole hour a guided tour starts. I advise visitors to join the tour, because the guide will tell more details then you can read on the information boards. The tour guide will also play some of the barrel organs and visitors can also be asked if they would like to play.
The museum is divided into an entrance hall, four rooms downstairs, an exhibition room upstairs and a children's play area. It also has a museum shop and small museum cafe.
I found the museum very informative and fun to see, even after two times I would not mind to go again!
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Dec 08, 2007
This museum specialises in mechanical music, from chiming clocks through the ancestors of record players and automatic violin machines to enormous café dance hall organs. It is housed in a converted church in Utrecht.
There is good information signs for the exhibits, most of which is also in English. The museum itself is confusingly laid out - a lot of the doors are kept shut because otherwise it would be hard to cope with the various clocks chiming and the demonstrations of the machines that the guides do, and it's hard to work out where you are allowed to go and where you aren't. There are no signs about whether or not you're allowed to go up the stairs, so I almost missed the incredibly surreal trip in a peddle car that plays a tune laid out on the floor upstairs. Then I enarly found myself in a broom cupboard. There were tours, but how you go about joining them or what time they start is anyone's guess. The staff seem genuinly astonished to see visitors, despite the fact that it's a pretty new looking, recently refurbished feeling sort of place.
That said, it is a pretty interesting experience (Who knew you could have automatic violin machines, for a start?) and if you can get in free on a museumkaart, definately worth a shot. But I'm not sure I'd pay admission for it!
There's a café and a shop.
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