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Miles Musical Museum

Grosse collection/Large Museum/Grosse Sammlung.

250 musical items ; band, dance, reed and monkey organs, music boxes, nickelodeons, calliopes, phonographs, stringed instruments, hurdy gurdy.

Also musical chapel, animated mechanical circus, Christmas animations, animated farm & Mother Goose nursery rhymes, clocks, paintings carvings, old arcade machines, button mosaic pictures and many other items.

Open 9am-4:30pm
U.S. Hwy 62,
(mailing address P.O. Box 488)
Eureka Springs
Arkansas 72632
Tel. 501-253-8961 501-253-8961
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Billy Clock Exhibit

Between 15 and 20 clocks with music boxes and moving figures

Open 8am to 5:30pm May through Oct., 10 am to 4pm Nov. through April. (When not open someone is "on call")

P.O. Box 258
323 S. Main Str.
Iowa 52188
Spillville is southwest of Decorah, Iowa (in the northeast part of the state) on Highway 52, then west on Route 325.
Tel. 319 562-3569

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Plymouth Co. Historical Museum

One large musical box using a 25 ’ disc, circa late 1800s

335 1st Avenue SW
Le Mars
Iowa 51031
(Mailing address : Box 444)
(N of Sioux City)
Tel. 712-546-7002

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Carnival Heritage Museum

An old "Tilt-a-Whirl", and a small working carousel

In the same city, White’s carousel manufactures carousel horses

Opened Tues-Fri 10-17h, and Sat 10-12h30

113 East 6th Street
Kansas 67547
(between Dodge city and Hutchinson)
Tel 620-659-2201

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Dickinson County Heritage Center

Collection includes :

1902 C.W. Parker carousel and its Wurlitzer band organ

1890 Kimball organ

1860’s three-octave Mason & Hamlin organ

Concert Roller Organ

ca. 1885 German-made accordion

1895 Busy Bee graphophone, type O and wax cylinder recordings

Yankee Prince phonograph

Merrifield upright piano


Also, the Museum of Independent Telephony, with a large collection of antique telephones, switchboards, and telephone equipment

Museum is open year-round

412 S. Campbell
KS 67410
(20 miles E of Salina)
Tel 785-263-2681

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Kansas Museum of History

Several music boxes and a Reginaphone (not always on display)

Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-4:30pm, Sun. 12:30-4:30

6425 SW 6th Ave
(At the I-70 and I-470 interchange)
Exit I-70 at Wanamaker Road (north), then follow the signs to the Museum.
Kansas 66615
Tel. 785-272-8681

Riley County Historical Museum

Collection includes :

Olympia music box (Reginaphone ?)

1850’s Melodeon by George A. Prince & Co., Buffalo, New York

65-note piano by Carhart, Needham & Co., New York

Hours : Tuesday-Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm, Saturday-Sunday 2 - 5 pm

2309 Claflin Road
Kansas 66502
Tel. 785-565-6490

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The Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments

Free exhibits drawn from keyboard instrument collection, manuscript collection & Kugler collection.

Latter includes various automatic musical instrument cylinder & disc music boxes, organettes, player pianos, orchestrions and a Mills Violano.

Open Mon-Fri. llam-3pm Special arrangements sometimes possible to see instruments not on display.

Landmark Center
75W. 5th. St.
St. Paul
Minnesota 55102
Tel. 621-292-3267

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Faust Park Carousel

1921 Denzel 4 row 65 horse carousel (fully restored), 1899 Herchell Spillman organ (display only), 1989 Stinson Organ

Open Wed-Sun 12pm-5pm

15185 Olive
Missouri 63017
Tel. 314-615-8383
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State Historical Society and Heritage Center

Werner player piano with music roll, Tanzbar player accordion,

Chautauqua roller organ, Concert roller organ with music rolls, (2 organs), player organ, Gem roller organ with wooden cobs, Baldwin player piano with 44 rolls.

Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm . Sat 9am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm

612 East Blvd.
North Dakota 58505-0830
Tel. 701-224-2666

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Pioneer Auto Museum and Antique Town

Three Reginas, 2 Mills Violanos, Wurlitzer band organ, Western Electric piano, 3 Seeburg pianos,Tangley Calliope, 5 Juke boxes, Several roller organs

Open June- Sept.,7am-10pm. Open rest of the year by app’t

Junction of Inter-State 90 & US 83,
South Dakota 57559
Tel. 605-669-2691

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Beaumont Heritage Society

John Jay French Museum - Wind-up music boxes

3025 French Road
TX 77706-7919
Tel. (409) 898-0348

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Harris County Heritage Society

Small collection of antique phonographs. Around Christmas is the best time to ’catch’ one of the instruments being shown.

1100 Bagby
Houston downtown
Texas 77002
Tel. 713-655-1912 713-655-1912

Olden Year Musical Museum

Music boxes, phonographs, hurdy gurdies, organs, organettes, early radios and TVs, automata, and other automated musical machines

Open by appointment only
131 W. Fairmeadows
Texas 75116
(Near Dallas)
Tel. 214-298-5587 214-298-5587

The Jefferson Theatre

3/7 Robert Morton Theatre organ in its original installation - they still use the organ before shows and sometimes even show the ’silents’

Tel. (409) 832-6649

The Strand Emporium

The store is a delicatessen/sweet shop with the collection in the rear with the seating area.

Collection includes a Wurlitzer military band organ, two nickelodeons, and a couple of other arcade style amuzements

Hours (cst) of Operation : M-F : 10am - 5:30pm Sat : 10am - 8:00pm

2112 Strand
Texas USA
Telephone (409)515-0715
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