Pianola Museum

Address: Westerstraat 106, Amsterdam, 1015 MN, The Netherlands
Telephone: 020 627 9624

- Budget


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Relaxation