The pianola is more than 100 years old, but its music still sounds at the Pianola Museum, thanks to the ingenious technology used by these music robots. Felt-lined wooden or metal fingers play the keys of a piano as the player operates the pedals. Further along, a fully automatic electrically playing grand piano sounds from a time when most houses were just about to have electricity.
Hear the playing of the grand masters of the keyboard from a century ago and experience the atmosphere of the roaring twenties during a guided tour or a museum concert.
The museum has a collection of more than 40,000 paper music rolls (one of the largest collections in the world) and in the salon you will find a number of historical instruments on which the rolls can be played. In other museum rooms and the depot, we have more than a hundred other unique instruments and lots of documentation material.
Opening hours. The museum is open without appointment on Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 5pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. On these days, there are continuous tours during which the instruments are played.
Visits by appointment. On other days, group visits are possible by appointment. Please request this preferably by email, at least several days in advance. It is possible to agree on a programme. You can also arrange for coffee or tea to be served on arrival or during a break. A group visit lasts an hour and a half on average.
Group rate during the day: 50 euros for the presentation (regardless of group size) plus 4 euros per visitor. After 5 pm, an evening surcharge of 50% applies.
Concerts and events. Every week there are a wide variety of museum concerts and other events. Classical, jazz, children’s concerts, film and piano evenings, salons with poetry and music.... Too many to mention!
Location. The museum is located in the ‘Jordaan’, the cosy neighbourhood just west of the city centre. The Westerstraat is a former canal, within walking distance of the Westerkerk and the Anne Frank Museum, and close to the Noorderkerk.
Address. Westerstraat 106, 1015 MN Amsterdam
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How to get there
Public transport stops within walking distance:
Marnixplein, tram 5
Frederik Hendrikplantsoen, bus 18 and tram 3
Westermarkt, tram 13 and 17
There are parking options on Westerstraat and in the surrounding area, but it is paid parking and it is sometimes searching for space. The nearest car park: Q-Park Nieuwendijk. Or park at one of the car parks around the city and take a bus, train or taxi to the museum.
From Central Station, the museum can be reached on foot in 15 to 20 minutes. This route passes through a beautiful part of old Amsterdam.
The museum building
The museum is housed in a former police station. Anyone entering the small museum enters a musical time machine. The museum café and salon recall the heyday of the pianola, from Art Nouveau to Art Deco, 1900-1930. History comes alive as soon as the instruments are played.
Feel the atmosphere at one of the concerts, book a guided tour or hire the music salon if you have something to celebrate and are looking for a unique venue.