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Harmonium Art museuM

The Harmonium Art museuM (HAM) is a museum on pump organs in the municipality of Antwerp, Belgium. It is located at the former Church of the Immaculate Conception in Klein-Willebroek.

Harmonium Art museuM
Harmonium Art museuM is located in Belgium
Harmonium Art museuM
Location within Belgium
LocationKlein-Willebroek
Coordinates51°4′48.868″N 4°21′55.508″E / 51.08024111°N 4.36541889°E / 51.08024111; 4.36541889Coordinates: 51°4′48.868″N 4°21′55.508″E / 51.08024111°N 4.36541889°E / 51.08024111; 4.36541889
TypeMusical instrument museum
CollectionsPump organs
FounderBen Roemendael
OwnerBen Roemendael
Websiteharmoniummuseum.be

The collection has been brought together by Ben Roemendael. In order to be able to show the organs to the public, he founded the museum. One can see free-reed and suction-reed organs. All instruments have been disassembled, cleaned and restored. There are eighty organs all together of which sixty can still be played on.[1]

The pump organs are originating from different countries. One suction-reed organ was built in 1872 in the United States and has two keyboards and a pipe top of Mason & Hamlin. Another, German one was made by Lindholm and has a shared left and right expression and an extension register.[2] The museum has the largest collection of pump organs of Belgian make, like from the families Anneessens, Loret, Kerckhoff and a great many more.[1]

Beside the exposition, organ music is being performed of Belgian composers like Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens and César Franck.[3] Other types of music are performed as well, like from a brass band[4] or in a constellation with other musicians, like a soprano being accompanied by a pump organ and a piano.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Gluseum, Harmonium Art Museum (in Dutch)
  2. ^ Expertisecentrum voor Technisch Wetenschappelijk en Industrieel Efgoed, Harmonium Art Museum (H.A.M.) (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Gazet van Antwerpen, Lenteconcert in HAM op 11 april, 8 April 2015 (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Het Nieuwsblad, Brassband Willebroek musiceert in Harmonium Art Museum, 1 December 2012 (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Gesellschaft der Orgelfreunde, Frühjahrskonzert im Harmonium-Art-Museum, 16 March 2014 (in German)