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Mechanical Music Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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Fantasmagorical place! Not to be missed.

I have to say we were meeting in Northleach just to catch up with an old friend. It was almost by... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Marg C
Oxford, United Kingdom
Enthusiastic and knowledgable guide

We (a couple in our 20’s) saw the wonderful reviews already on here and even with high expectations... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Very good13%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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“musical boxes”(24 reviews)
“music box”(11 reviews)
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Oak House High Street | The Oak House, Northleach GL54 3ET, England
+44 1451 860181
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 October 2011

This is a small but fascinating musuem situated in one room. There is a continuous guided tour running, join when you arrive and leave when you have done the circuit. The guide describes the instruments, operates them and even plays some of them. The complete...More

5  Thank peebee43
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 July 2010

Be forewarned that these people are among the rudest and most unfriendly we met during our entire trip to England. I would recommend against patronizing them based on this alone. Can't actually comment on the quality of the tour because we left due to extreme...More

8  Thank Bob999
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have to say we were meeting in Northleach just to catch up with an old friend. It was almost by chance that we visited this place, and that would have been such a loss had we missed it. The guy (the owner, I think)...More

Thank Marg C
Reviewed 5 days ago

An incredible small museum with lots of working and fascinating devices. The young man who did the our was very passionate and informitive. Great little licensed cafe on entry. Highly reccomended.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We (a couple in our 20’s) saw the wonderful reviews already on here and even with high expectations we weren’t disappointed in the slightest. We had a brilliant private tour which kept us engaged throughout. The guide was just brilliant- very enthusiastic and with a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited this little museum with our two daughters (10 and 7) and spent a wonderful hour with a very nice and knowledgeable guide. They have a small but excellent collection of mechanical music instruments from last 250 years, some fabulous music boxes and...More

Thank O_Sazova
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 10 year-old son and I (forty-something mum) loved this museum. We enjoyed the tour which gave us the chance to see the mechanical music machines close-up and ask questions of our knowledgeable guide. We experienced a friendly welcome, and enjoyed cake and coffee before...More

Thank Sally E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an interesting quirky place to visit. Our excellent guide, Darren was knowledgable and informative and we all really enjoyed our visit. The tea and cakes in the cafe are excellent too!

Thank SarahP2112
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff, fun and informative tour! Also, tasty cakes with tea, coffee and ales on tap! Would recommend!

Thank Adam H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited not knowing what to expect! What a fascinating place. Yhe one hour tour with Darren flew by! A slice of homemade cake and some excellent real ale afterwards topped the visit off. A must visit place! Unique!

Thank janemcousins
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes it *is* a museum, but the cafe/bar deserves a special mention because the cakes are fabulous! The exhibits in the museum were much more interesting than we expected; Geoff, the guide, was very knowledgeable and welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and to hear...More

1  Thank Midlandman2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited with grandchildren aged 12 and 16.A truly enjoyable, fascinating and informative museum and an excellent guide who demonstrated some of the amazing historic mechanical instruments of past times and brought them to life for us. Our granddaughters were really impressed with everything-quite a revelation...More

Thank Sandy T
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Sarah V
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Response from jonathanb612 | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Jan295 | Reviewed this property |
The tour guide we had was a lady who had been doing the job for years, sorry can't remember her name but she seemed very knowledgeable. It really was a fascinating place to visit and no need to book you just joined the tour... More
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Response from 950jeremyd | Reviewed this property |
They are right about the Hurdy Gurdy though, it's not a barrel organ or barrel piano, you don't have one in the museum, it's a lovely, though slightly annoying stringed instrument, some ways similar to bag pipes only in the... More