The Musical Museum
399 High Street
London TW8 0DU
TfL Fare Zone 3
For those who have been lucky enough to have experienced the thrill of seeing a mighty Wurlitzer Organ rise majestically from its secret location beside a cinema screen and then hear the cinema reverberate with its all encompassing sound, a visit to The Musical Museum will bring back many memories.
This museum’s three storeyed building houses a marvellous collection of automatic musical instruments varying in size and complexity from small music boxes to the Wurlitzer.
On the ground floor the four galleries house various displays including a street setting with shop windows full of music, musical toys and street instruments. There is also space to demonstrate instruments once found in large houses of the wealthy, together with changing exhibitions of instruments and music.
Upstairs there is a concert hall seating 230 complete with stage and, of course, an orchestra pit from which the Wurlitzer console rises to entertain, just as it did in the cinema in the 1930s.
For the mechanical musical instrument enthusiast, this museum is a must see.
The Museum advises that there is disabled access to all areas
Opening Times & Admission Cost
The Musical Museum is open Friday to Sunday and on Bank Holidays from 11:00 to 17:00
Last Admission 16:00
A further web site for those interested in cinema organs is that hosted by The Cinema Organ Society Web: The Cinema Organ Society
The tab ‘UK Organs’ on that site leads the visitor to an excellent interactive page listing known theatre organs, their details, location, whether played regularly or not and contact details.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0) 20 8560 8108 Associated Sites:
To find the best way for getting to The Musical Museum, visit TfL Journey Planner.
The Museum is close to Kew Bridge on the north side of the Thames.
- By Mainline Rail (recommended)
London Waterloo Station To reach Kew Bridge, turn right when leaving the station and the museum is under a 5 min walk.
- By Underground (A longer journey)
Gunnersbury Station District Line
Catch bus 237 or bus 267 alighting opposite the museum.
South Ealing Station Piccadilly Line
Catch bus 65 which passes the museum.
- By Car
The Museum is easily accessible from the M4 and the North & South Circular roads. It also has a car park which is free for the duration of your visit
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