Mechanical Music Museums in Washington, D.C.
By Matthew Caulfield
D. L. Bullock had unusually good luck (or was dealing with an
older administration) if he got the officials at the Smithsonian
Institution's (not Institute) Museum of American History to show
him any instruments in storage. I hope Joyce is as lucky.
The Smithsonian carousel is owned and run by Stanley Hunter, and
a phone call to him (you'll find his number in the suburban Virginia
phone directory) may allow you to see his Wurlitzer 153 band organ.
It has been "in repair," but Stan had it up and running for the 1996
Sadly Jim Wells' (his Fairfax, Va., home is landmarked by a "can't
miss it" gigantic Victor "His Master's Voice" dog) mechanical music
treasures have almost all been auctioned or sold off, notably to Jasper
Sanfilippo; so as Jim Canavan said there isn't a lot to see in D.C.
But certainly a trip to Glen Echo Park is worthwhile. Check its
web site for carousel operating hours; this URL will put you in the
vicinity of that information: http://www.nps.gov/glec/caro/carousel.htm
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