The Musical Museum

The Musical Museum

The Musical Museum has been around in Hounslow since the 1960s and is a very interesting place to visit if you’re musically inclined (or not!). It all started with Frank Holland’s private collection in 1963. It was then turned into a Charitable Trust in 1966, and the collection has grown steadily over the years. They now have an extensive collection of self-playing instruments, phonographs, music boxes, pianos and organs.

The volunteer guides are fantastic and signing up to one of their tours is a good way to really understand the history of the museum and instruments on showcase there. The tour cover three galleries, their concert hall, shop and cafe. They are scheduled three times per day (10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm) so do take this into account when planning your trip. It’s not to be missed! We particularly enjoyed the live demo of the Wurlitzer organ – spectacular!

There is an option of a detective trail for the kids during the school holidays. These are super popular and do get booked up in advance, so give them a call to check availability.

The building itself is much newer, having only been open since 2008. In fact, the exterior of the building was funded by a Heritage Lottery Grant. Aside from the gallery, they also have a concert hall, workshop and cafe with beautiful views of the river Thames. What better way to end your visit than with a cup of tea or coffee overlooking the river.

If you’re looking to do something a bit different for date night, why not book onto their silent movie screenings which have a live cinema organ playing! Prepare for an enchanting evening that will leave your date mesmerised.

Opening hours:

The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sundays between the hours of 10am and 4pm. We also recommend checking their website to make sure it’s not closed due to a private event.

How to get there:

The full address is 399 High St, Brentford, TW8 0DU.

By car:

If you driving to the museum, head towards Kew Bridge and you’ll find it just on the north side of the Thames. You can also reserve parking for a small fee through the Just Park website. Other options are paid parking in the local vicinity and hotels.

By rail:

Catch a train to Kew Bridge and take the right exit at the station. It’s then a short 5 minute walk to the museum.

By tube:

Take the District line to Gunnersbury, and then a 10 minute bus journey on either the 237 or 267. Or you can take the Piccadilly line to South Ealing and then the bus 65 which drops you off directly in front of the museum.

Why not add in a trip to Flip Out while you’re visiting The Musical Museum?

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