The Musical Museum

A train ride to Kew Bridge, followed by a short walk and we arrived at The Musical Museum. I was surprised to find it located in a modern building as I thought it was housed in a church hall.

The Musical Museum - photo by Juliamaud
The Musical Museum – photo by Juliamaud

It turns out the museum used to be housed in the former St George’s Church. Frank Holland, who founded the museum,  was given the use of the premises to store his private collection there in 1963. It was only supposed to be for two years, but the museum was still there 40 years later!

​The collections new home was specially designed for the Musical Museum. It was opened in June 2008 and includes the instrument galleries, and a climate-controlled roll library (of over 20,000 music rolls), a workshop, concert hall, and cafe. 

We were treated to a guided tour followed by a few musical numbers on the the Mighty Wurlitzer. Regular guided tours & instrument demonstrations take place on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check their website for details.

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