Things to do in Amsterdam – Visit the Pianola Museum
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.
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.
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.
The museum’s collection also includes automatic harmoniums, or pump organs, and various gramophones and phonographs. And, in addition to the instruments,
there are close to 30,000 paper music rolls, as well as phonograph rolls, vinyl records, and LPs.
During your visit you’ll hear a selection of songs played on the various pianolas
and you may even get to try your hand (or foot) at operating one yourself.
The Pianola Museum is located at Westerstraat 106, a 5-minute walk north of the Anne Frank House.
Adult Admission = 5.00€
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.