Virginia Musical Museum & Virginia Music Hall of Fame
6316 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188 - United States
Our museum has one of the largest collections of music artifacts and music memorabilia in the country. We offer a brief history on our artifacts and our Virginia artist.
Personal items from Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald, Wayne Newton, Bruce Hornsby, Ralph Stanley, The Statler Brothers, Pearl Bailey, Roy Clark, Gene Vincent and many other famous Virginia artists.
Our Piano Gallery exhibit contains instruments showing the evolution of the piano. One of the rarest keyboards in the gallery is a 1770 Joshua Shudi harpsichord, of which there are only two known in existence.
The phonographs exhibit contains phonographs made by Thomas Edison and RCA Victor with a sample of Edison’s tin foil phonograph, and portrays the history of recorded music.
The nickelodeon museum displays nickelodeons dating back from 1905. The Mills 'Violano-Virtuoso' plays a violin with a piano accompaniment.
The music box collection consists of table-top and floor-model instruments. There are some music boxes in the museum that are able to play bells and drums and one that can play a reed organ.
In the organ exhibit, there is a self playing pipe organ, a monkey organ, a glass organ, a Hammond organ, Reed organ, and a 300-year-old hurdy-gurdy, as well as others.
Early amusement parks displayed a Laughing Sal, like the one on display in the amusement parks section. There is also a Wurlitzer Caliola band organ. This exhibit also contains other amusement park attractions.
Musical toys, string instruments and a visual timeline of recorded music can also be found in the museum.
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