Musical Museum, Brentford
The Musical Museum contains one of the world's foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments. The museum contains rare working specimens 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.
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.
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.
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