The Musical Museum contains one of the world's foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments. From the tiniest of clockwork musical boxes to the "Mighty Wurlitzer", the collection embraces a comprehensive array of sophisticated reproducing pianos, orchestrions, orchestrelles, residence organs and violin players.
The Museum was founded by the late Frank Holland; he began collecting player pianos and other instruments which eventually filled his flat. In 1963 the collection was moved to a redundant church. St. George's in Brentford, where it remained until 2008 when a new facility was opened nearby.
Ground floor galleries display instruments once found in large houses of the wealthy and in more humble dwelling and cafes. Visitors can browse the shop windows in the street setting, take in the displays of musical toys and street instruments and experience the actions and sounds of self-playing instruments. Specialist guides demonstrate instruments at weekends and on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30 and on Friday mornings at 11:30. Weekday tours can be booked for groups by prior arrangement. Audio tours available in English, French and German provide a comprehensive introduction to the collection.
The concert hall, featuring the Wurlitzer Organ (formerly resident at the Regal Cinema, Kingston) offers a range of musical entretainment and spans organ recitals, cabaret, classical music and light opera, with performers from throughout the UK and overseas. The hall is also available for private hire.
The Museum is located close to Kew Bridge in West London and is easily accessible by coach from the M3 and M4 and via the North Circular Road to other motorways. There is parking available for coaches. Kew Bridge rail station is just a ten-minute walk away.
The Musical Museum is open from Friday – Sunday from 11.00am – 5pm, last admissions 4pm. Tour guide and live musical demonstrations each day at 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30
Standard Admission: £10.00, Concessions: £7.50, Children: (5-16) £4.00, Family Ticket: £25.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children). All tickets allow unlimited entry for 12 months from the date of issue.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Residents of the London Borough of Hounslow are entitled to a 50% discount on Museum entry (proof of residence required, ticket valid on the day of purchase only).
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