Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum in Rüdesheim

Siegfried’s has the largest collection of mechanical music boxes:

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Siegfried Mechanical Music Museum, Rudesheim

Rüdesheim is a popular stop on any Rhine River cruise and one of the sightseeing attractions in this riverside town is Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum. This is the first museum collection of automated musical instruments in Germany and holds an impressive collection.

Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum is housed in Brömserhof which was a noble court built in 1542.

Our cheery guide takes us around the museum which covers an exhibition space of more than 400 square metres and has one of the largest and most beautiful collections of mechanical music boxes. There are approximately 350 exhibits of mechanical instruments dating from the 18th to the 20th century – from delicate musical boxes to a gigantic piano-orchestrion. The museum also includes tools and machines for manufacturing barrel organs, cardboard music, piano rolls and musical box plates.

Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum provides an insight into music boxes in the past and its place in society as well as traditional techniques in making the musical boxes and the music rolls.  It’s interesting to understand how these instruments work and to be able to listen to its fine music.

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Siegfried Mechanical Violins - Rudesheim

A few of the highlights include:

  • A snuff box with a musical songbird which was produced in the first half of the 19th Century by J. Bruguier in Geneva. When the mechanism is activated, it opens the oval lid and a tiny bird appears, moving its beak and flapping its wings.  The small songbird music boxes were very popular with wealthy people who snapped them up for their collections .  The smaller the bird and the more life-like the singing, the higher the prices these “little toys” fetched.  The workmanship is amazing for this miniature music box.
  • Bernhard Dufner’s band of 27 automatic dolls, each one playing a different instrument. This is the largest Doll Automaton calliope that was ever built. It is almost 4.0 metres wide, 2.80 metres high and 1.0  metre deep and is an impressive example of black forest Orchestrion architecture.
  • The Hupfeld phono Liszt Violina are amazing mechanical violins. Because these instruments musically and technically surpassed all expectations they have been described as the eighth wonder of the world.

The museum is open from March to December only and the 45-minute guided tour includes a musical demonstration of some of the instruments.

Museum Shop

After the tour, you can stop at the Museum Shop where you can buy music boxes, modern replicas of machines, antique music boxes, snuff boxes and bird cages. There is also a large collection of postcards, books, CDs and music cassettes.

The museum is located close to Drosselgasse, Rüdesheim’s main thoroughfare.

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  1. avatar says

    I were at your museum and you showed us a small bird music box. I would like to inquire how to obtain this box.
    Thanking you in advance.
    Linda Kast

  2. avatarcompelová says

    Ich mochte gerne erfahren ob Ihr Museum nicht zuffelig Interesse
    an einem Polyphon hat, oder filleich kan mir jemand Rat geben.
    Schonen Dank

  3. avatarAllan steele says

    We had a private tour on evening of Sept. 2. This wonderful experience will live with my wife and I for ever. Thanks to the owners for maintaining such a vital part of our heritage

    • avatar says

      Great to hear that you and your wife enjoyed Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum. The place is a treasure for people like yourselves who appreciate the heritage of these unique instruments.

      Kind regards,


  1. […] Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett, the first German museum for data-storage musical instruments. On an exhibition area of over 400 m², the visitor is introduced in an amusing way to the history of self-playing music and its instruments. From the gentle musical clock to the orchestrion, which weighs tons, the visitor sees and hears a cross-section from four centuries. Curiosities: unique collection of self-playing strings, such as the Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina with six strings, Hupfeld Violina Orchestra (only known original in the world), Poppers Violinovo, and so on. […]

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