Museum of Music Automatons

The museum of sound in Seewen, Solothurn

The Museum of Music Automatons is owned by the Swiss Confederation and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in northwestern Switzerland and the region of Schwarzbubenland. It offers a varied annual programme and interesting cultural events. The modern museum building is in keeping with its geographical surroundings and its colour and materials reflect the rough yellow Jurassic limestone.

In accordance with the guidelines of the federal and cantonal authorities, the museum is open to the public in compliance with the recommended measures concerning hygiene and distancing behavior.
There are restrictions on the maximum number of visitors in general, but also regarding guided tours and special events. The program was adapted accordingly.

The Museum of Music Automatons in Seewen, Canton of Solothurn, around 20 km south of Basel, offers its visitors a fascinating experience encompassing nostalgic music, elegant equipment and fine-tuned mechanical precision. On a guided tour through three thematic rooms, you can learn interesting technical information and fascinating facts about the musical entertainment enjoyed by our grandparents and great-grandparents. You can experience many of the venerable machines live in action as they amaze and inspire their audience!

Families with children can combine the magical sounds tour with the guided tour and experiment with resonance, sound and mechanics, and discover how a perforated strip of paper can be transformed into a charming melody.

Another highlight is the brief tour to the enormous, self-playing concert organ built by Welte over 100 years ago for the Britannic, the sister ship of the ill-fated Titanic that sank in 1912.

The alternating special exhibits delve deeper into interesting topics from the world of mechanical musical instruments and allow visitors to discover many new things. 

A trip to the musical museum is perfectly rounded off by a visit to the museum shop followed by refreshments in the museum restaurant with its sun terrace.

The entire museum is wheelchair accessible. 

The modern museum building lies in the midst of the delightful Jura landscape, which is the ideal place for walks and hikes. For useful tips, see the “Seewen SO - 21 hiking tips around the Museum of Music Automatons” brochure (available in the museum shop).

Additional information

Buy ticket

Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.
 
Additional ticketing apps and online shops can be found in our overview.

Timetable / travel information

You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.

Timetable 50.067
Timetable 50.073
Timetable 50.111

Reservations

For groups of 10 people or more, a reservation is required by no later than 4 p.m. on the previous day. Tel. +41 58 667 13 60

Bicycle transport

We’ll gladly transport your bike in the Postbus provided there is sufficient space in the vehicle and other passengers are not disadvantaged. Only a restricted number of e-Bikes can be transported by PostBus.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair accessibility is guaranteed in the Postbus
 

Contact

Address

Museum für Musikautomaten
Sammlung Dr. h.c. H. Weiss-Stauffacher
Bollhübel 1
4206 Seewen SO
Switzerland

Opening hours

Museum opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (other hours by arrangement for groups)