The Woodville Reed Organ Museum


We in the Christian world have a great heritage of sacred music. The sweet melodies and beautiful harmonies of our hymns have made them favourites generation after generation.
In the mid 1800s the reed organ was invented and quickly became established in churches and Christian homes to lead and supplement the singing.
In more recent times the reed organs have often been replaced by electronic organs. And so we, Milton and Rosalie Wainwright, began collecting and restoring the reed organs. The unique and beautiful sounds of wind vibrating brass reeds, imitating the sounds of the pipes in the big pipe organs has yet to be copied electronically.




HYMN SINGING


We have a regular Hymn Sing the third Saturday night of each month, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and all who can play are encouraged to do so. It is a never-to-be-forgotten experience to hear a number of organs played together. Even if someone makes a mistake, you can’t hear it – the music is “perfect”!




THE COLLECTION


Our collection of over 150 reed organs ranges from a three-manual, full-pedal, Mason and Hamlin, Pipe-top, Liszt organ, and several other big 2-3-manual and pedal organs, through high top parlour organs, medium sized home and lodge and church organs, down to little folding missionary organs, accordions and mouth organs. Also a working player organ – which when pedalled plays the Hallelujah Chorus, and other good music – a good exercise machine for a rainy day! The organs often don’t have a date of manufacture readily found, but the oldest one we know a date for is 1876, and most are somewhere between there and the 1920s.




CONTACT DETAILS


Best phone is our Landline: (NZ) 06-376-4427. Or E-mail rosajune76@gmail.com . Or in NZ you can text our cell phone 027-540-4077.





DIRECTIONS


From the centre of Woodville go toward Napier on the main highway, and turn right into TAY St. You will see the Maori Marae on the left. We are just past the Marae, on the left – a large yellow building with a cross on the front. 50 Tay St. P arking on the lawn, or on the street, but NOT in the shared drive. LARGE BUSSES – DO NOT try to drive up to the house – it is too steep.