Mechanical Musical Instruments and Objects

Mechanical Musical Instruments and Objects

The history of mechanical music dates back to the ancient times. Having emerged back in the antiquity this original field of technical progress has been developing for more than two thousand years and it has incorporated the most advanced achievements of mechanics and natural sciences. Applied mechanics and physics were the basis for all the mechanisms of entertainment industry of the past, the development of this field was going hand in hand with the scientific progress. For centuries this field has been attracting attention of the famous scientists, engineers, fine mechanics' masters and creators of musical instruments and clocks.

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Musical mechanics is the centerpiece of the Museum Collection fund, it is the pivot point from which the Museum started. This is the reason why the collection "Mechanical Musical Instruments and Objects" presents the whole range of self-operating musical instruments – from small barrel organs to perfect automata pianos, most complicated orchestrions and unique automata.

Despite the “serious” age of the exhibits, including some rare items with the history of more than three hundred years, all of them have been restored and are operational. The geography of the collection gives a comprehensive idea concerning the high level and dynamic progress of this area of engineering in the European countries and countries of the North America.

Amazing and mysterious features of these exhibits (exquisiteness of finishing, movement's perfectness, incomprehensible ability to operate without human input, unusually natural sound appearing from "the God knows where") will be of interest both for the professional experts and for a wide range of visitors of all ages.


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