I have a different experience. Since 1990 I am a collector of mechanical instruments. In 1998, together with fans and friends, we founded the Italian Association of Mechanical Music (AMMI) http://www.ammi-mm.it/
Now my instruments are in an eighteenth-century villa with five hectares of government-owned park. The villa has been restored (one million euros) to achieve Musicalia Museum, http://www.museomusicalia.it/
The cost of the restoration was paid by the government, sponsors, friends, and by our association. In the museum we only operate guided tours and all the instruments are playing -- in seven rooms that tell the story of five hundred years of mechanical music.
In the first room you enter into a military war tent with the mechanical drum of Leonardo da Vinci. In room number five is a Melodica Racca Piano that belonged to our Queen Margherita. You can see the pictures of all the seven rooms at this link: http://www.museomusicalia.it/le-7-stanze/
Many schools bring students to visit the museum -- school children, aged five and over, that at the end of the visit are enthusiastic about what they have seen and heard. They all are invited to play a small barrel piano for photos while wearing a straw hat and neckerchief.
Our library with 500 publications is also used by students for their University thesis. Our associates build crank-organs and their music cartons and build music cylinders for barrel pianos. Our Ammilab, an advanced R&D laboratory, has developed and built electronic scanners to scan every kind of mechanical music media: pinned cylinders, punched music cartons, rolls for autopiano, every kind of records: carton, metal, etc. http://www.ammilab.com/
We have set up a foundation (Franco Severi Onlus Foundation) to which I donated all my instruments. Nothing will be with us in the future.
It would be a pleasure to receive your visit.
Franco Severi - President AMMI