Mechanical Music Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Historic and unusual musical instruments
Set in a historic building in the pretty Cotswold town of Northleach is a collection of self-playing instruments that were the Victorian equivalent of a home entertainment centre.
All exhibits are in perfect playing order, and most can be purchased, so the exhibits change regularly. Self-playing pianos feature recordings made by famous composers playing their own composition, including works by Paderewski, Rachmaninov and Gershwin. One of the more 'modern' exhibits is a 1930s era handmade gramophone.
Many of the exhibits were repaired here in the museum's own workshops. One of the historic pieces sent here for restoration was an organ clock once owned by Catherine the Great of Russia, and another was a similar clock from Kensington Palace.
See clocks, toys, automata, music boxes, and watches, as well as reference books and CDs of recordings made on historic instruments.
This is not a stuffy museum with historic objects kept out of reach behind dusty glass; it's an opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, as you enjoy a guided tour by a knowledgeable expert.
About Mechanical Music Museum
Address: The Oak House, High Street, Northleach, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, GL54 3ET
Attraction Type: Museum
Website: Mechanical Music Museum
Phone: 01451 860 181
OS: SP116 145
Photo Credit: David P Howard, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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