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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.
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")
One large musical box using a 25 ’ disc, circa late 1800s
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
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
Several music boxes and a Reginaphone (not always on display)
Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-4:30pm, Sun. 12:30-4:30
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
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.
1921 Denzel 4 row 65 horse carousel (fully restored), 1899 Herchell Spillman organ (display only), 1989 Stinson Organ
Open Wed-Sun 12pm-5pm
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
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
John Jay French Museum - Wind-up music boxes
Small collection of antique phonographs. Around Christmas is the best time to ’catch’ one of the instruments being shown.
Music boxes, phonographs, hurdy gurdies, organs, organettes, early radios and TVs, automata, and other automated musical machines
3/7 Robert Morton Theatre organ in its original installation - they still use the organ before shows and sometimes even show the ’silents’
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