The Musical Museum
The Musical Museum contains one of the world's foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments.
With its world class collection of self-playing musical instruments, the Musical Museum recaptures that far-off era, when a pianola in a pub or a humble street barrel organ were how people accessed the popular music of the time.
The huge variety of instruments ranges from vast ornate pipe organs to sophisticated reproducing pianos and tiny music boxes to more new-fangled contraptions such as electronic organs and juke boxes. Regular demonstrations allow visitors to hear the instruments in action, and — as in the case of the 1813 pipe organ — literally listen to the sound of history.
Guided tours of the collection take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Housed in a smart purpose-built venue, the museum offers not only an excellent tea room with river views, but also a concert hall complete with a 1920s 'Mighty Wurlitzer' organ, which rises majestically from the floor for concerts and silent film screenings. The imaginatively stocked shop sells music themed gifts as well as vintage sheet music and music rolls.