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“Hidden Music Gem in Northern Michigan”
Review of Music House Museum

Music House Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Acme
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Owner description: The Music House Museum is located on US31 just north of Traverse City, Michigan. Now in their 30th year, the museum presents one of the most unique music museums in America. Ninety-minute tours demonstrate fully-restored mechanical instruments dating from 1870 to 1930.Guest will also see Models of buildings from Traverse City 1930’s era. Music boxes of all sizes, a mechanical street organ, one of largest dance organs built in Belgium in 1922 , Weber Duo-Art reproducing grand piano,1924 Wurlitzer theater organ used to accompany silent films.
Reviewed 6 November 2017

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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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Great idea with excellent execution by a group of dedicated docents. Fun facts, passionate and knowledgeable guides.....check out their events schedule for silent films through out the year with organists" playing along to the film!

Thank HappyTransplant-1999
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Friends mentioned this place and it is outstanding. Plan on spending about 2 hours to participate in a tour that explains and plays a variety of mostly self playing piano, organs, and others. The tour continues in a way that you can always join in. The museum has many items from juke boxes to theatre organs. Some are extremely rare. AAA discount. Amazing!

Thank Gary S
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised at this off the beaten path, quaint museum! The extensive collection of old music boxes and more was fantastic! Was surprised when the tour guides actually played many of them. This brought to life bygone days and the simple way of how people used music for entertainment. Unique and quiet interesting!!! Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Absolutely incredible and so much more than we were expecting. There are incredible rare instruments in the building, and on the guided tour, your tour guide will give you demonstrations of them.

It was wonderful :) They also have silent films, complete with someone playing an absolutely incredible silent film organ that they received from an old theater in Detroit.

Thank Marie J
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