Brentford Musical Museum

Brentford Musical Museum is a wonderful self-funded museum dedicated to the history of self-playing musical instruments enjoyed by people over the centuries. An enthusiastic volunteer will take you on a tour of the instruments, from tiny musical box all the way up to the Mighty Wurlizter which is still used to accompany films shown in the Concert Hall. Situated opposite Waterman’s Park by the River Thames and just along the road from Brentford High Street, the museum has a cafe open to the public. Here are some snippits…


Delicate moths strike the bells on this musical box. Note the small drum and the metal comb plucked by hand-cut pins on the revolving cylinder 


Pianola roll with information about the music and the composer


A roll of music for a pedal powered pianola, with words to the side: ‘Ma, he’s making eyes at me…’


Musical box with metal disc system


Huge musical organ, originally used in a private home in Torquay, now the Corbyn Head Hotel, Torquay


 Another beautiful musical box with ornamental figures playing the bells

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