Musical Museum, Brentford

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A sample of The Musical Museum's instrument collection

The Musical Museum is a musical instrument museum located in Brentford, London Borough of Hounslow, a few minutes' walk from Kew Bridge railway station.

The Musical Museum contains one of the world's foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments. The museum contains rare working speciments of various player pianos, orchestrions, orchestrelles, residence organs and violin players. The Musical Museum also serves as a concert hall and a cinema. The Museum contains a fully restored Mighty Wurlitzer attached to a roll playing mechanism and a Steinway grand piano. The instruments are arranged over three storeys, and houses a concert hall which doubles as a cinema that seats up to 230 people.

History[edit]

The Museum was founded in 1963 by Frank Holland MBE (1910-89) as The British Piano Museum, who believed that self-playing musical instruments should be preserved and played. Host to a Mighty Wurlitzer concert organ and various musical boxes, the museum today is home to the world's largest collection of historic musical rolls. It was originally housed in a former church dedicated to Saint George and moved to a newer building nearby in the 2000s.[1]

The museum mostly run by volunteers, it is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and on Bank Holidays, a tour guide demonstrates the instruments at 1130,1330 and 1530.

The Might Wurlitzer Organ

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight goes on to save St George's Church, Brentford". brentfordtw8.com. 10 May 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°29′16″N 0°17′35″W / 51.4879°N 0.2931°W / 51.4879; -0.2931