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Barrington Hills, Illinois

Place de la Musique Tour

Explore a 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 in 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 culminates with a concert 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! 

DETAILS

  • Be sure to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing before June 15th.
  • The Sanfilippo Estate is a private residence, and the exact address will be given upon ticket purchase. Please note that this estate is NOT located on Algonquin Road.
  • The event will run rain or shine.
  • Look for Leyla in the Atlas Obscura shirtat the front door. 
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the event start to check in.
  • 16+ only please! The estate is filled with valuables and the tour will likely not hold interest for children.
  • Walking shoes recommended, and feel free to dress in your Victorian best if you so desire!
  • 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.
  • Find out more about the estate by watching this video!
  • This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

Questions?

Email leyla.royale@atlasobscura.com.

About Field Agent Leyla I. Royale

Leyla I. Royale is an avid Chicago historian and jack of all trades. She is the creator of Chicago horror history site Dead In Chicago, which features daily updates on horrible happenings from the city's past. She works as a cellist for local and national Chicago musicians, is an employee and trapeze artist at Trapeze School New York in Chicago, has been a dedicated historic tour guide at The Chicago Theatre, and spends her Octobers working as a haunted tour guide and as an actor for Zombie Army Productions.

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