Some time ago, I did a short post about the Musical Wonder House in Wiscasset, Maine. Though the video shown here is a little dated, the House is open and alive with the sound of mechanical music.
This museum has a collection of over 500 machines representing nearly every form of mechanical music. Among the collection are a number of player pianos, assorted disc music boxes, cylinder music boxes, musical clocks, musical toys, and automata.
A guide is on hand to provided a personal tour, which includes playing many of the instruments and explaining their history and unique qualities.
If you will be in New England this summer, a visit to the Musical Wonder House is a must. It is an amazing collection of machines, each one expertly restored, and beautiful to hear.
If you want to do some research ahead of time to enhance your experience, Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments by Q. David Bowers is the definitive reference on this subject. The book has over 1,000 pages with hundreds of black-and-white photographs, advertisements, and reproduction company brochures. All you will need to complete the experience is to hear the machines in person at the museum!
Address for the Musical Mystery House:
Musical Wonder House
16-18 High Street
Wiscasset, ME 04578
Memorial Day Weekend through Halloween
Monday through Saturday, from 10AM - 5PM and Sunday Noon - 5 PM
Web site: http://www.musicalwonderhouse.com/