Musical Museum, the delightful and unusual museum houses one of the world's foremost collections of automatic musical instruments. It's staffed by friendly, informative and enthusiastic volunteers, who hold regular tours introducing and demonstrating an impressive array of self-playing instruments, from the "Mighty Wurlitzer" that accompanied silent movies, down to the tiniest clockwork musical boxes. You'll be entertained by working gramophones, orchestrations, violin players, resident organs and sophisticated reproducing pianos, with detailed and often humorous explanations to accompany the various sounds. Upstairs in this brand-new building there's a fully-functioning concert hall, which recreates an Art Deco 1930s cinema auditorium; this is available for conferences and social events. Entirely self-funding, this quirky museum is a intriguing treat for music lovers of all ages.
- Open Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Arts & Museums
- Nearest Train: Kew Bridge