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Exhibition
Exhibition

Museum für Musikautomaten Seewen

Automaton Music 4.0. 4 décennies, 4 thèmes, une exposition et des perspectives musicales

Today: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

26 March 2019 - 01 March 2020

April 1979 saw the opening of the Museum of Music Automatons founded by Dr. h.c. Heinrich Weiss-Stauffacher. Initially run as a private museum, it became a state institution in 1990 when the founder donated it to the Swiss Confederation.

To mark its anniversary, the museum in Seewen, Canton Solothurn, is presenting four thematic focuses under the heading «Automaton Music 4.0», each theme being presented in turn over the course of the exhibition. Automatons, cylinder and disc music boxes, musical souvenirs and finally Swiss railway station music boxes offer a retrospective of forty years of collecting and mediation.

The museum will, of course, continue to offer visitors fascinating live demonstrations of its music automatons during the daily guided tours. However, the name of the anniversary exhibition – by analogy with «Industry 4.0» (i.e. the fourth industrial revolution) – suggests that some content in the Museum of Music Automatons will in future be presented via new media – not least in the newly designed ballroom, due to reopen in autumn 2019. That said, a visit to the «melodic Museum» will continue to offer a combination of traditional museum experience with a unique musical dimension.


Clown mit Schirm, Detailaufnahme, Figurenautomat, Vichy, Paris/F (1878), © Museum für Musikautomaten Seewen SO
Älteres Paar auf Parkbank, Detailaufnahme, Figurenautomat, Vichy, Paris/F (um 1900), © Museum für Musikautomaten Seewen SO
Ausschnitt aus einer Schweizer Musikdose, © Museum für Musikautomaten Seewen SO
Museum
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Museum für Musikautomaten Seewen

OpenClosed | 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Bollhübel 1,  4206  Seewen SO

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Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  We 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Th 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Fr 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Su 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

In accordance with the guidelines of the federal and cantonal authorities, the museum is open in compliance with the recommended measures concerning hygiene and distancing behavior - and with an adapted program.


Easter 2021

02 April 2021: Closed

03 April 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

04 April 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

05 April 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM


May Day 2021

01 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM


Ascension Day 2021

13 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM


Whitsun 2021

23 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

24 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM


Swiss National Holiday 2021

01 August 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM


Christmas/New Year 2021/2022

24 December 2021: Closed

25 December 2021: Closed

26 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

27 December 2021: Closed

28 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

29 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

30 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

31 December 2021: Closed

01 January 2022: Closed


Institution

The Seewen Museum of Music Automatons houses one of the world's largest and best-known collections of Swiss cylinder and disc music boxes, clocks and jewellery containing musical mechanisms and other mechanical music automatons from the past two centuries.

A guided one-hour tour (in german) will introduce you to a multitude of fascinating music automatons, which combine precision mechanics with melodies from yesteryear. They all play live for their audience. Families and schools can combine this tour with the popular interactive «Zauberklang» (magical sound) tour.

Come face-to-face with the mighty Britannic organ from the sister ship of the RMS Titanic and discover the story behind it on a twenty-minute guided tour.

Round off your visit to the melodic museum by paying a visit to the museum shop and restaurant.

Admission

Admission to «Switzerland - a country of sound pioneers» (permanent exhibition)
Includes a conducted tour of three rooms (60 minutes)
Adults: CHF 15.-
Concessions (AHV and IV recipients): CHF 12.-
Children: CHF 6.-
Families (parents with children): CHF 30.-

Admission to the KlangKunst-Saal with special exhibition and the conducted tour «the Britannic Organ» (20 minutes)
Adults: CHF 6.-
Concessions (AHV and IV recipients): CHF 5.-
Children: CHF 4.-
Families (parents with children): CHF 12.-

Admission to «Switzerland - a country of sound pioneers» and KlangKunst-Saal with «the Britannic Organ» (conducted tours, 80 minutes) - and special exhibition
Adults: CHF 18.-
Concessions (AHV and IV recipients): CHF 14.50
Children: CHF 8.-
Families (parents with children): CHF 36.-

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission

Access

Several times a day a postal car takes you to the bus stop in front of the Museum, «Seewen SO, Musikautomaten».
Every hour there is a postal bus (line 111) from Liestal SBB railway station and from Laufen SBB railway station to „Seewen SO, Zelgli", from where it is about a 10-minute walk on a signposted route to the museum.
Current information among: www.sbb.ch

Accessibility

Der Zugang zum Museum und der gesamte Innenbereich sind barrierefrei.
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