Photo: Les Chatfield

The Musical Museum contains one of the world’s foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments.

It was founded in 1963 by Frank Holland MBE, who believed that self-playing musical instruments should be preserved and played. The collection embraces tiny musical boxes, reproducing pianos, orchestrations, residence organs and violin players. A star exhibit is the Mighty Wurlitzer cinema organ which rises up from beneath the stage to entertain visitors as it did in the ‘Golden Age’ of cinema.

Visitors get to discover how music was captured and instruments powered and experience the actions and sounds of self-playing instruments. Ground floor galleries display instruments once found in large houses of the wealthy and in more humble dwellings and cafes. Specialist, volunteer, guides demonstrate instruments at weekends and on selected days each week.


399 High Street, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0DU
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8560 8108
Times: Tuesday – Sunday 11.00 – 17.30 (last admission 16.30)