Place de la Musique Tour - Atlas Obscura
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Barrington Hills, Illinois

Place de la Musique Tour

Explore a secret wonderland of musical automatons, Victorian ephemera, steam engines, and French carousels.

Join Atlas Obscura for this rare tour of the Place de la Musique! This private home/museum, located at the San Filippo estate in Barrington, is home to thousands of working mechanical instruments, orchestrions, record players, and more from the turn of the century.

This special tour features a demonstration on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre pipe organ, one of the largest (and loudest) ever built, with over 80 ranks and thousands of pipes. You'll also get a chance to check out the Eden Palais carousel, built in France in the 1890s as a traveling, steam-powered amusement that's been painstakingly restored to its full glory.

The tour will take you past thousands of steam-engine parts, several full-size steam engines and cabooses, a fully restored Pullman Palace car, dance organs and band organs from the 1800s, original lighting fixtures from the Uptown Theatre, and so much more. The best part about all of this? Every mechanical musical instrument is in top playing condition, and you'll be able to hear dozens of them!

This event is perfect for those who enjoy Victorian ephemera, movie palaces, the industrial revolution of the turn of the century, Victrolas, calliopes, clocks, mechanical devices, the 1920s, organs, antique lighting, antique pianos, and everything in between. Expect a night full of fun, whimsy, and music! 

Early Bird Tickets 

"Early Bird" tickets are now sold out; General Admission tickets are $60.

MEETING POINT AND ABOUT THE ESTATE

The San Filippo estate is a private residence, and the exact address will be shared upon ticket purchase. 

To enter, meet Field Agent Leyla at the front door of the estate. Those arriving later than the posted meeting time may not be granted entry.

You can find out more about the estate by watching this video.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

  • The event will run rain or shine.
  • 16+ only please! The estate is filled with valuables and the tour will likely not hold interest for children.
  • Walking shoes recommended.
  • This event is ADA accessible.
  • Photos for personal use are okay, but there is no video nor audio recording allowed, and guests are encouraged to not post pictures on social media.

Questions?

Email Leyla Royale at leyla.royale@atlasobscura.com.

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Advance ticket sales only. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.