Musical Reveries

A Journey through the World of Automatons from 31 March to 22 October 2006

Clown avec ombrelle
Clown mit Schirm, Paris, 1878

The flute players of the Frenchman Jacques de Vaucanson or the automatons of the Swiss watchmakers Pierre Jaquet-Droz and Henri Maillardet are among the first peaks in the history of automatons. Manufacturing of such musical reveries was continued during the 19th and into the early 20th century. Today, such marvels are still being crafted in Switzerland and France.

The museum of music automatons presents its extensive collection of automatons in a special exhibition from 31st March to 22nd October 2006, in which about 80 objects are to be seen. In addition some contemporary artists of automatons show their works.