Pianola Museum

Price guide: Budget

Westerstraat 106, Amsterdam, 1015 MN

Price guide: Budget

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#11 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Education, Relaxation

Expert review of Pianola Museum

Come and listen to automated pianos in possibly Amsterdam's quirkiest little museum.

This one-room museum in the heart of the Jordaan is a real charmer. A learned, elderly gentleman in a corduroy jacket demonstrates how some of his lovingly restored, early 20th-century mechanical pianos work. He plays a small selection of the perforated musical rolls (including works by Mendelssohn and Grieg when I visited) from his 25,000-strong selection, and shows how you can affect the tempo with hand controls and foot pedals, and answers questions (in fluent English) about how everything works.

Price advice: 

5 euros; over 65s 4 euros; children 3 euros.

Expert tips: 
There's a time-warped café at the front.
Frequent concerts take place throughout the year - see the website for dates and times.

More information on Pianola Museum:

Price guide:
Westerstraat 106, Amsterdam, 1015 MN
020 627 9624
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Sun 2pm-5pm.

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