Most folks don’t know what they are in for when they walk in the door of Dr. Ted’s Musical Marvels in Dale, Indiana.
little Indiana and family certainly counted in that group–and what a surprise we found in this DuBois County museum!
Dr. Ted’s Musical Marvels in Dale, Indiana
The nice ladies at Dr. Ted’s Musical Marvels have said that many people don’t know that they are here, or if they do, they think they are a music shop!
I guess they had one guy come in for a new set of guitar strings. He was surprised to learn that rather than possessing musical accessories, this unique Indiana attraction actually holds large musical instruments like calliopes, player pianos, orchestrions, and street pianos!
Dr. Ted’s Musical Marvels is the personal collection of Dr. Ted, an honest-to-goodness doctor at the hospital down the street who just happens to have a thing for these musical relics.
Dale, Indiana Attractions
It’s not every day that you see a player piano–let alone hear one play! At Dr. Ted’s, you don’t just walk around looking at the large range of mechanical musical instruments, you get to hear them! In other words: they don’t just sit there and look pretty.
We got to this Indiana town later than planned (sorry about that!) and so weren’t able to have the whole tour because of another incoming group. But, we were invited to go through it again! The kids both wanted to stay and listen all over again–so that’s just what we did!
The tour takes about an hour. You will hear music from the smallest music box to the ginormous orchestrion, a Belgium dance hall relic.
At the time of this writing, Dr. Ted’s is open to groups of 15 or more.
Please call ahead. I can’t think of a better way to spend an hour.
Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!
Just don’t forget to tell ’em that little Indiana sent you!
Thanks to Dubois County tourism for hosting our stay! Special thanks to Millie and her helpers for their warm welcome. My opinion remains mine and mine alone.
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