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Introduction of museum
Introduction of museum

Have you ever before seen an ingenious musical instrument that plays the violin and conjures up a wonderful musical performance of the top violinist's tunes? Or how a grand orchestrion magically plays monumental orchestra music without the presence of dozens of players? Or when a piano or an accordion plays without an actual musician? Restaurants and bars have always been full of music without DJ's and happy songs have always been played in the streets and market places way before modern audio equipment or sound systems. In some means also the works of the top composers and musicians have been recorded to the posterity.

Visit our museum and experience how music has been played before the mp3-player, compact discs, mini-discs or hifi-systems. With our guide's action-packed show, playing and singing you will travel through the halls of our museum and the different eras of music to see, to hear and to enjoy the mechanical music and the unique, remarkable devices.

During the guided tour can be heard, among many others, a 75 musician orchestrion Poppers Goliath, which stands in it's hall in it's mighty, five meter height, and the joyfully colourful and flamboyant street barrel organ Amadeus, whose tunes bring to mind a marketplace atmosphere. Steinway-Welte, an automatic piano plays the unforgettable compositions of the greatest musicians with perfect nuances, bringing to life Hoffman, Busoni and other legendary pianists. The sounds and the feelings of old times can be sensed also from the tunes of the hand operated hurdy-gurdies. The organ grinders used to delight the people with those same instruments, sometimes even with their pet monkeys.

You may even throw yourself to the joys of dance!

The history of mechanical music from 1850 to the modern times can be seen and heard here!

During the interesting and funny guided tour you will be presented a large part of the museum's over four hundred instruments. They are presented beautifully in seven halls, each one decorated in the style of their era. The guided tour's duration is over an hour.

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Read about the history of the museum here