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Museum of Music Automatons

The melodic museum
Technique and industry
In accordance with the guidelines of the federal and cantonal authorities, the museum will open its doors again on Tuesday 12 May in compliance with the recommended measures concerning hygiene and distancing behavior - and with an adapted program.
The Museum of Music Automatons in Seewen offers a guided tour through the permanent exhibition, entitled “Switzerland – a Country of Sound Pioneers”, which examines topics including Swiss music boxes. This guided tour is included in the entrance fee and invites the visitor to a magic journey through the music boxes sounds.

The tour begins in the Workshop Room, and straight away gives visitors an insight into the inner workings of automatons, with an explanation of the technical context and background to mechanical music. It shows how sounds are generated, the storage media used and the mechanisms that drive instruments of this type. All the essential information in a nutshell!

The Salon Bleu focuses on the enjoyment of music, with performances highlighting the importance attached to mechanical music in the salons of wealthy middle-class families and the nobility two or three generations ago. It features demonstrations of Swiss music boxes and disc music boxes, as well as a mechanical piano.

The tour of the permanent exhibition ends in the Dance Hall, which contains the museum's several orchestrions. These astonishing music automatons – essentially miniature orchestras in a cabinet – replaced dance bands in places of hospitality in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights include a Phonoliszt-Violina made in Leipzig by the Hupfeld Company, a Weber Unika from Waldkirch, near Freiburg im Breisgau, and a Decap dance organ from Antwerp with a wealth of light-hearted dance music.

In the KlangKunst-Saal you find a big Welte-Philharmonie Organ. This organ was intended for the ocean steamer Britannic - the sister ship to the Titanic.

Guided tours
Guided tour of the permanent exhibition (included in the admission charge; 60 min, 3 rooms;) : 12.20 pm, 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm
Guided tour of the so called Britannic Organ (20 min, 1 room) : 1.40 pm and 3.40 pm
Museum of Music Automatons - the outside in summertime.
Museum of Music Automatons -  two fair organs and a Mortier Dance Organ play in the reception area.
Museum of Music Automatons - the Salon Bleu.
Suitable for families
Opening hours
Open all year
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00-18:00
Groups taking an exclusive tour may visit the museum outside the normal opening hours, i.e. before 11 am and between 6 pm and 8 pm - on Monday too.
Museum of Music Automatons
Bollhübel 1
+41 58 466 78 80

47.440188, 7.662069