The ‚sounding museum‘ in Seewen SO is a Swiss federal museum and houses an internationally significant collection of music automatons. The visitors will learn all about the history of automatic music while moving between high-precision mechanics and the magic of nostalgic melodies.

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A guided tour of the three thematic halls takes the visitors into the fascinating world of music automatons dating back as far as two centuries ago. A wide range of luxuriously equipped, Swiss-made music boxes, orchestrions to the music of which our grandparents or even great-grandparents used to dance, delicate figurine automatons, barrel organs, automatic pianos, fairground and dance organs: they all delight their audience with melodies which were recorded live.

The mighty automated Britannic organ and its fascinating history – it was built over 100 years ago for the sister ship of the Titanic – are presented during a 20 minute guided tour.

The museum’s program is complemented by varying special exhibitions. One of them is titled „Stella, Gloria and Edelweiss – metal disk music from Switzerland“ and shows disk music boxes which were developed and manufactured in Switzerland from 1890 onwards.
Opening hours::
Tuesday to Sunday, 11 to 18 h (for groups upon arrangement)

Guided tours:
Permanent exhibition (60 min.): 12.20, 14.00, and 16.00 h
Britannic organ (20 min.): 13.40 and 15.40 h
Special exhibition Stella, Gloria and Edelweiss: Tuesday+Thursday 15.05 h (20 Min.)

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Time required
2 to 4 hours (half day)
Suitable for children with age
6 to 9 years, 10 to 13 years, 14+ years
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Museum für Musikautomaten
Bollhübel 1
4206 Seewen SO

Phone +41 (0)58 466 78 80



Seewen SO
Basel Region
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Museum für Musikautomaten
Bollhübel 1
4206 Seewen SO
Phone +41 (0)58 466 78 80

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