Brömserhof building, built in 1542, now home to the museum.
December 17, 2016
Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum is the most unusual collection I have ever seen, nor could I ever imagined to exist, until I saw and heard them.
This museum’s fascinating displays of automated musical instruments is the 1st in Germany. There are approximately 350 exhibits, dating from the 18th to the 20th century, all privately owned by one person, Siegfried Wendel. The owner’s hobby in the 1960’s was to rescue (and repair) these exhibits from becoming scrap metal.
This piece played 8 different musical instruments.
This showpiece played an unbelievable 18 different musical instruments.
This exhibit, built between 1892 and 1930, the Hupfeld phono Liszt Violina, played 6 violins at one time.
Some musical cabinets were beautiful,
some with creepy clowns,
and one was very, very, interesting.
This musical cabinet, built from 1888 to 1892, the “Land of the Dolls” featured 27 dolls, each playing a different instrument. This is the largest doll automated calliope ever built.
FYI – Many of these can be seen and heard on You Tube.
The gift shop was as interesting as the museum, as 99 % of the items for sale, of course, played music.
If you are ever visiting the town Rudesheim, Germany, be sure to visit this museum – you will be amazed!!!
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