I cannot believe I have been up north hundreds of times over the years and had never even heard of the Music House Museum - and I am a musician! We were visiting friends in Elk Rapids and heading towards Traverse City on our way to some Leelanau wineries, and as we passed our friends asked if we had ever been there. Nope. Well, we made plans to go the next day. You will want to plan on about 2 hours for your visit. This is not a cheesy quick visit, this is a full presentation, docent led experience similar to a major museum venue - with one exception, everything is about music. More precisely, music players, player pianos, pipe organs, music boxes, etc. Many will see this and say, no thanks, but that would be a mistake. Who does not love see a Laurel and Hardy silent film accompanied by a live pipe organ with a multitude of sound effects - quite amazing, actually and that is just one small segment of the tour you get. This experience is full of local history, worldwide history, and even some musical physics. You WILL learn some things, and be entertained in the process. We had a blast. We pl;an to go back when they host some of the old black and white films accompanied by actual live music. All of the keyboards can be played by hand, OR via automated player (rolls, punchcards, recorded/memory) - very fun!
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