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A 16th Century iPod? Say what?!

Have you listened to your iPod lately?  If so, you can thank craftsmen from centuries ago for first coming up with the idea of mechanical, portable music.  Yes, I’m talking about a music box, the earliest of which date back to the 16th century. And, for those who love the charm of a music box, the Orlando Science Center has a special exhibition just for you.

The World of Mechanical Music is presented by the Southeast Chapter of the Musical Box Society International (who knew there was such a society!?) and guests will discover the fine art of mechanical music through displays of antique and ornate music boxes.

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The exhibit opens this Saturday, November 13, and lasts through January 9.

However, on opening day only, MBSI member Bill Hall will be showcasing his massive European street organ, entitled “De Drie Kransen.” This mechanical musical instrument is so large, it can only be displayed outside the Science Center! We’ve got to see this!

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