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An MBSI Musical Museum
Grosse collection/Large Museum/Grosse Sammlung
Dozens of mechanical musical items including a broad selection of disc & cylinder type musical boxes, small organs toys and reproducing piano.
Five rooms of instruments donated and loaned by members of the Musical Box Society International.
Edison phonograph, 2 gramophones, 43 Victor talking machines and Victrolas, 15,000 Victor records
Open Tues.-Sat. l0am-3:30pm
Grosse collection/Big collection/Grosse Sammlung
Not in MBSI Listing
Twelve instruments including Seeburg style E’ ’KT’ Special ’L’ & orchestrion ; Mills Violin ; Wurlitzer band organ Model 125, Regina Hexaphones, Regina changer ; Nelson-Wiggens, Coinola, National Calliope
Owned by the Federal Government
Visitation : Year round. Operating Hours, Seasons : Daily, 6am-1am. Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving
Musical boxes which are occasionally on display ; piano, Grand Harmonicon and musical instruments
Early American gadget and novelties, including Wurlitzer ’LX’ orchestrion, & 150 band organ, Double Mills Violano, Coinola Midget, Link ’2E’,
and Seeburg ’G’ & ’KT’ orchestrions, also Artizan band organ, Tangley ’CA-43’ Calliope, and Western Electric orchestrion and others
Open summers only
Founded in 1913, a general museum on arts, science and history
Come experience : “Musical Machines & Living Dolls ; The Murtogh D. Guinness Collection”.
A permanent 4000 sq.ft. immersive exhibition displaying over 150 mechanical musical instruments & automata, including state of the art multi-media, inter-actives & live daily demonstrations at 2pm.
That, plus another 550+ objects in our public-viewable storeroom on the lower level.
Open : Tues., Weds., Fri. & Saturdays – 11-5pm. Thursdays – 11-8pm & Sundays – 12-5pm Call 973-971-3700
Or visit our website – www.morrismuseum.org – for latest information about other exhibits, special events, programs, admission fees, directions & Bickford Theatre performances.
The West Orange home and laboratory where Thornas Edison lived and worked from 1887 to 1931
National Park Service.
Laboratory tours are given daily from 10:30am-3:30pm.
Tours of Edison’s home, Wedn.-Sun., 11am-4pm.
Visitor’s Center open daily, access beyond the center is by guided tour only.
There are currently 3 organettes on display, all late 19th cent.
The collection contains a total ol 12 mechanical music machines, 5 organettes, 1 street organ, 5 cylinder music boxes, and 1 disc music box.
This is a fine local collection documenting musical life in western New York (18th cent. to 1930s).
Open : Tue.-Sat. l0am-9pm, Sun. noon-5am, (closed Mondays)
A player piano, a Nickelodeon, several phonos and parlor organs and a large Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ (concerts)
Seven instruments on display including Symphonion, 3 disc musical clock, 15 1/2’ Polyphon, Mermod cylinder box, Edison disc phono, Clariona, Polyphon upright, Seeburg 1910
Pianos : Six player and reproducing pianos, and piano roil perforating and recording equipment including new computerized storage and control systems for perforating rolls.
Two tours dally, at l0am & 2pm only, Mon.-Fri. except holidays.
Adults $2, Children $1, redeemable with purchase.
(Sorry, no facilities for the handicapped.)
Over 100 instruments : Nickelodeons, band organs, Caliola, street barrel organs, German organs, and other interesting antiques.
Open year round, offer guided tours and play many of the instruments
Frati organ playing Artizan rolls, August Berni (Bruder) playing original book music, Wurlitzer 185 (factory conversion of De Kleist barrel organ), 146B (factory conversion of a Bruder barrel organ),
Wurlitzer Caliola, Tangley Calliaphone, coin piano.
Open daily llam-l0pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day ; or by appointment
A national Museum ot tools and the American System’ of manufacturing the original 1846 Robbins & Lawrence Armory (a registered National Historic Landmark)
Hours May 20-Nov 1. 9am-5pm weekdays, l0am-4pm week-ends & holidays
Cylinder and disc music boxes, phonographs, miniatures, automaton, small organ
Open late May through late Oct. 10am-5pm. Museum opens at 1pm through the winter months for a special guided tour
Several mechanical musical instruments are demonstrated in the café (Welte orchestrion and automatic changing Regina disc music box), and in the Museum galleries (especially reproducing pianos).
There is also a Hersshell carrousel (ca 1940) in front of the old Arts and Industries Building, right opposite the Museum of American History, and a very large orchestra cylinder music box inside this building.