The German Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments

Augsburg cabinet

Musical cabinet by the Veith-Langenbucher company
Augsburg, circa 1620
Elephant clock

Clock case: Antoine Foullet
Mechanism: Tibeauville-Lamy

Apollo clock

Decorative musical clock by David Röntgen, circa 1780
Model: Apollo
The pipework has two stops and a cymbal.


Chest with flute mechanism

Davrainville workshop,
Paris, circa 1804.
After Napoleon was crowned Emperor he is said to have commissioned this model and given it to the Duchess of Bordeaux. The metal pin roller, also known asa cob, has eight melodies by Joseph Haydn which he specifically composed for this mechanical instrument.


Hallway clock

Two-level flute clock
Ignaz Blasius Bruder
Altsimonswald, 1816


Bear trainer organ

Organ with figurines by Ignaz Blasius Bruder, Simonswald, 1829.
For a long time the organ belonged to a bear trainer in France.


Duffner flute clock

Sigmund and Damian Duffner
Furtwangen, circa 1850


Gustave Vichy
Paris, circa 1890

Musical box with two discs

Paul Lochmann
Leipzig, circa 1900
This musical box produces a particularly rich sound thanks to two simultaneously playing discs, and it was therefore recommended for use in restaurants.


Poppers Aurora orchestrion

This pub orchestrion stood in Speyer in “Haus Weidenberg” which gained a certain cult status until the 1990s because of its publican Liesel Jester and the orchestrion.


Valkyrie orchestrion

Manufactured in 1903 in Föhrenbach by the Imhof & Muckle company. This instrument once belonged to the Italian Royal House of Savoy and is as powerful as 40 musicians.


Bruder Selection carousel organ
Gebrüder Bruder company, Waldkirch, 1912.
This organ was part of a carousel in an amusement park at Coney Island, close to New York.


Titanic organ

Small parlour organ by the Welte company in Freiburg.
It was intended for use in the dining room of the Titanic but which was not finished on time.


Polyphonic disc changer

Leipzig, 1915
It changes 10 metal discs automatically.


Welte philharmonic organ

Welte company, Freiburg, 1924
With 1560 pipes and 20 stops


Player piano

with accordion and drums manufactured by the Rene Seybold company,
Strasbourg, 1925


Adenauer’s grand piano

A grand piano by the Hupfeld company, 1926
Model: Phonola
Belonged to former German chancellor Konrad Adenauer


Tino Rossi

Accordionist and drummer by the J. Bodson company, Paris, 1928.
It is believed to have been modelled on the entertainer Tino Rossi, although he could not play the accordion.


Dance organ

Decap Brothers, Antwerp, 1938