Looking for the most fun and cheerful cultural activity in the centre of Utrecht? Museum Speelklok is one of the typical Dutch sights which is a definite must-see! Museum Speelklok will take you through the wonderful world of self-playing musical instruments, surprising its visitors every day with the cheerful tunes from all corners of the museum. A fun day out in Utrecht for children and adults.
During a visit to the typical Dutch Museum Speelklok, cheerful live music will surround you from centuries-old self-playing musical instruments. The history of these instruments started back in 16th century in the Netherlands with the use of church carillons. Over the centuries, the general desire of people to be surrounded by music, led to the invention of all sorts of self-playing musical instruments: musical clocks, musical boxes, orchestrions (self-playing orchestras) and the traditional Dutch street organs. All of these instruments, including the famous street organ named Arabier and the so-called 8th world wonder the Violina, can be admired and heard during the lively museum tour. Thanks to the highly skilled Restoration Room, the collection is kept playing and this craft can be passed on from this generation to the next.
A recent addition to the museum is the Museum Expedition. Discover at your own leisure the magical stories, technical craftsmanship and remarkable music of the different musical instruments. The museum is suitable for children from all ages! Organ monkey Toon takes children on a treasure hunt throughout the museum on a quest to find his favourite tune.
A Royal Room in Museum Speelklok
In the Royal Room a majestic world filled with gold and glamour will present itself to you. The spectacular musical clocks and other self-playing musical instruments you will find here, were often owned by monarchs to emphasise their status and power. Admire clocks that are lavishly gilded, made with costly materials, and beautifully designed. Discover how they are imbued with symbolism and made using the latest methods or adorned with moving figures. But most of all, listen to their beautiful music.
The huge Clay clock, arguably ‘The Night Watch’ of organ clocks, is the foremost feature of the Royal Room. This majestic clock by clockmaker Charles Clay, ca. 1738, is a highlight in the history of organ clocks. Besides the breath-taking appearance the music of the Clay clock is magnificent, too, with compositions by G.F. Handel. This music by Handel is for most of us still unknown! Thanks to recent restorations by Museum Speelklok and the Rijksmuseum, the Clay clock plays again like never before.
The free tour is given hourly, at half past the hour, in Dutch and English. The Restoration Room is open for visitors every first Wednesday of the month. Reservations for the Restoration Room can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org. During the Dutch holidays, the museum is also open on Mondays and regularly hosts special activities for children and/or adults. Museum Speelklok is located in the centre of Utrecht, housed in The Buurkerk, one of the largest and oldest parish churches of Utrecht.
Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00h to 17.00h. During public holidays also open on Mondays.
Adult € 14.00
Children 4 to 12 years € 7.50
Combination Ticket Dom Tower & Museum Speelklok adult: € 19.00 children: € 10.00 – Only available at the museum or at the Dom Tower, not online