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Museum Speelklok

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Address: Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 30 231 2789
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Museum Speelklok, the most cheerful museum in the Netherlands!

During a...

Museum Speelklok, the most cheerful museum in the Netherlands!

During a visit to the typical Dutch Museum Speelklok, cheerful live music will surround you from centuries-old self-playing musical instruments. The history of these instruments started back in 16th century the Netherlands with the use of church carillons. Over the centuries, the general desire of people to be surrounded by music, led to the invention of all sorts of self-playing musical instruments: musical clocks, musical boxes, orchestrions (self-playing orchestras) and the traditional Dutch street organs. All of these instruments, including the famous street organ named Arabier and the so-called 8th world wonder the Violina, can be admired and heard during the lively museum tour. Thanks to the highly skilled Restoration Workshop, the collection is kept playing and this craft can be passed on from this generation to the next.

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Went with my wife and two boys aged 7 and 9. They really enjoyed the music and history. The free music tour which is very hour is good. Both in Dutch and English. Staff very... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went with my wife and two boys aged 7 and 9. They really enjoyed the music and history. The free music tour which is very hour is good. Both in Dutch and English. Staff very entertaining. The little shop with nice gifts is good and not too expensive. Overall good visit for 33 euros for a family ticket.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum houses all sorts of music boxes and automatons. If you take the tour, you can see/hear them work.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a last minute trip to Utrecht from Amsterdam on a rainy afternoon. It is incredibly easy to get there via the train system. We went to this museum because it's close to the train station and indoors. Honestly can say that this was the best museum we went to, and that includes the amazing museums in Amsterdam. Do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting museum with a great collection of clocks and automated music machines. It was my second visit in 15 years and it was as impressive as the first time. Good for kids also. I found less interesting that almost every souvenir of the museum shop was made in China, and was not really special...

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Great museum. It is really interactive and educational. Children friendly and entertaining. Was there with my boyfriend and we enjoyed every bit of the tour. Will def visit again when back in Utrecht. 5 out of 5

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Helmond, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We were visiting Utrecht and this lovely museum offers a great retreat in the city. The clockworks are really ingenious and fascinating and everything is well explained. Also kids enjoy this.

Thank Xaviera R
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed this. The exhibitions were interesting and very interactive, great for kids. The audio guides were tacky but in a fun way. The price, however, was a little expensive. But still worth checking out.

Thank Connor R
Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Nice visit with the kids. Friendly staff. Very educational. Enjoyed the information given and the ability to hear some of the clocks and pianos in action.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

There are not many museums of mechanical music in the world and this must be one of the most diverse and well-stocked with just about every example. The guided tour (no added charge) is the best way to visit the collection. It includes examples of instruments "playing". Sadly there was no literature about the collection available in the shop or... More 

Thank David W
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Who doesn't love mechanics? Hidden in am old church in Utrecht city center is one of my all-time favorite museums: the clock museum. Well, clock... it's all about mechanical music before the digital age. Marvel at the self playing pianola, the little rabbit musical box (he is scared, looking around for possible hunters) and the grandiose dancehall organs. See how... More 

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