Things to do in Amsterdam – Visit the Pianola Museum

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Interior Pianola Museum Amsterdam

One of Amsterdam’s least known museums, and a really unique one, is the Pianola Museum. Though off the beaten tourist path and not covered by the I Amsterdam City Card, it could be an interesting itinerary option, most especially if you’re in Amsterdam for at least three days, and one of those days is a Sunday.

Player Pianos at Pianola Museum Amsterdam

This tiny museum, which opened to the public in 1994, has an interesting collection of automatic player pianos, or pianolas, instruments that were popular around the turn of the 20th century.

Pneumatic Motor Pianola Museum Amsterdam

A visit to the museum provides a brief introduction to the various types of player pianos, such as the Pianella, billed as a cross between an electric piano and an orchestrion, and the reproducing piano, a fully automatic player piano that ‘reproduced’ a pianist’s performance by recording the music onto music rolls that could then be automatically played back.

Gramophone Pianola Museum Amsterdam

The museum’s collection also includes automatic harmoniums, or pump organs, and various gramophones and phonographs.  And, in addition to the instruments,

Gramophone Pianola Museum Amsterdam

there are close to 30,000 paper music rolls, as well as phonograph rolls, vinyl records, and LPs.

Demonstration at Pianola Museum Amsterdam

During your visit you’ll hear a selection of songs played on the various pianolas

Young Girl Playing a Grandiola Pianola Museum Amsterdamand you may even get to try your hand (or foot) at operating one yourself.

Getting there:

The Pianola Museum is located at Westerstraat 106, a 5-minute walk north of the Anne Frank House.

Ticket Info:

Adult Admission = 5.00€

Travel Tip:

The Pianola Museum is open on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.  Daily group tours are available by reservation only. Visit the museum website for more information.

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