Museum Speelklok, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Museum Speelklok, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Museum Speelklok in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is without a doubt the most cheerful musical museum you’ll visit. It is home to the world’s most extensive collection of mechanical musical instruments, with over 600 instruments from all over the world, some of which are over 400 years old. During your visit, you’ll hear cheerful live music surrounding you from centuries-old self-playing musical instruments.



Approx. Duration

2 – 3 Hours

Accessibility Level

Accessibility Level – High

Local Currency


Price Level

Min. Price

From: € 7.50


Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, Netherlands

Spoken Languages

Dutch (official language), Frisian is spoken in the northern province of Friesland. English, German and French are widely spoken.

Recommended Age

Babies, Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Any Age

Pricing Details

  • Adult: € 14.00

  • Children 4 – 12 years:  € 7.50

  • Student: € 10.50

  • Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children): € 39.00

  • CJP: € 10.50

  • U-pas adult: € 7.00

  • U-pas child: € 3.75

  • Museumcard / Vriendenloterij VIP-card: € 0.00


230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard


Additional Information

It is located in a former factory building that was the home of the Dutch company N. J. Goudswaard & Zonen, which made musical instruments such as pianos and harpsichords.

Over the years, people’s desire to be surrounded by music led to the invention of all sorts of self-playing musical instruments, such as musical boxes, musical clocks (carillon clocks), the singing nightingale, orchestrions (self-playing orchestras), and the traditional Dutch street organs. The museum has a highly skilled restoration workshop, which keeps the tools operational and playing for generations.


lightbulb icon Guided musical tours are available every hour.


Images by:
bertknot from scarborough, australia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Frequently Asked Questions

There is a small restaurant for coffee and fresh sandwiches. You’ll find many other places to eat right outside of the museum.

Best Time To Visit

The most popular times for visitors in Utrecht are between July and August. The weather hovers around 23°C (74°F) and there are lots of events and activities. Overall, the weather is never very extreme, and visiting during the off-season is also ideal. If you’re not a fan of called weather, try to avoid wintertime, as the average temperature is 2°C (35°F).

Remember to check the weather forecast a few days before the trip and before heading to the airport.


Flights & Accommodations

Rain could catch you all year long so make sure, even in the summer, to pack a light jacket that can also protect you from unexpected rain.

You can find amazing jackets for men, women, and kids on Amazon (I haven’t personally tested these ones).

Events & Festivals

Before planning a trip around an even, verify the dates on the event website or local tourist info center.

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