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Estey Organ Museum

108 Birge Street

“For generations, the name of Estey was, and perhaps in some places still is, literally a household word,” writes a business history magazine. Estey reed, pipe, and electronic organs were found in homes and churches in the Americas, Europe, and even Asia and Africa. Near the end of the 19th century, the Estey Organ Company was reputed to be the largest manufacturing establishment of its kind.

Today, the name of Jacob Estey is largely forgotten except among musicians, organ fanciers, and a few historians. Yet from the late 1800s through the 1950s, the Estey Organ Company was a familiar name. And unlike the automated manufacturing of today, Estey Organ Company was a craft business employing relatively few, highly specialized workers to build what are now regarded as near works of art.

To explore the historical and musical significance of the Estey Organ Company further, we have started the Estey Organ Museum. One of the goals of the Estey Organ Museum project is to capture Estey’s unique time in history, from the point of view of Estey’s owners, workers, customers, and neighbors.

Our Mission

The Estey Organ Museum was founded in 2002 as a 501(3)(c) non-profit corporation to celebrate the heritage of Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Vermont by the collection, restoration, display and performance of Estey and other organs; by the preservation, research, interpretation and dissemination of historical information about the company, its products and manufacturing practices, its owners, employees, markets, customers and competitors, and its effect in the context of Brattleboro and American history over time; and by the creation of a museum in which the aforementioned activities may occur.


Catherine Hong

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Amazing! Many of the organs on display were playable, and the place is run entirely by volunteers. The one we met on the day of was very knowledgeable and happy to tell us all about the history and development of the pan company. Well worth the $5 entry, especially if you have someone with you who plays organ or piano!

Desiree Roberts

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Only open in the summer season, but you can play all the instruments. They even have a walk through like organ.

Mary Kravets

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Great museum, you can play music there!

Brent Trubia

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016
Coming up from North Carolina and in the area for a family wedding, John was generous and gracious enough to open up the museum for me a week after it officially closed for the season. They have a great variety of instruments of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Some incredibly rare and ornate. Highly recommended for any organist, pianist, keyboardist, musician, and history buff all around. You will see and hear some pretty cool things!

Rob Stalling

Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017
John was an excellent guide during our visit

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