Sound of the Century, the Museum of Vintage Sound Machines is a two-story museum of sound antiques located inside Tai Peng Electronics & Appliances building. Showcasing Asia’s most extensive collection of that kind, it accommodates more than 300 items. The owner is Mr. Henry Chen, who developed a passion for vintage sound machines after moving to Canada around 30 years ago. Since then, he moved all the collectibles from Canada to Macau to later exhibit them for the curious public.
The main exhibit on the second floor of the Museum of Vintage Sound Machines includes phonographs and gramophones. The oldest artifacts are music boxes from 19 century, mechanical instruments with a rotating cylinder or disks such as a hand-cranked paper roll organette, a mandolin cylinder music box by BA Bremond, and smaller wooden boxes with metal disks like Regina. Almost all of the music machines are fully functional.
The first floor accommodates vintage radios, wooden laundry machines, copper cashiers, and jukeboxes.
To visit the museum, an appointment in advance is required. Someone from the museum will be there to greet visitors, guide them through the exposition, play the phonographs, and tell amusing stories of rare artifacts.
Opening hours: Appointment required at least one day in advance. Closed on Saturdays & Sundays.
Admission Fee: MOP $30
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