The Engine House

The Engine House is located on Birge Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. In the center of the factory buildings, behind the building with the large outdoor clock, is our first gallery of exhibits – a preview of things to come.

The Engine House tells what the museum project is about and features exhibits on the Estey Organ Company chronology, their reed organs, pipe organs, and electronic organs, Estey tools, advertising, catalogs, and a special look at musical innovator and Estey employee Harald Bode.

The museum features reed, electronic, and pipe organs from our collection, including a “Walk-Through Pipe Organ.” Several new exhibits, organs and artifacts have recently arrived in the Engine House: photos of Estey pipe organs from around the country; “Women of Estey” biographies, both family members and employees; and several organs in excellent condition procured from North Carolina and Indiana.

Admission is $5 and is free for Members. Check our home page for our schedule.

If you live in the area and would like to volunteer to be a docent at the Engine House, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us at for more information.

Take a Virtual Tour

Interactive Map of the Estey Organ Factory c. 1930
See the way the buildings were arranged in 1930, and roll your cursor over them to see what happened inside. Note: If you don’t see anything, you’ll need to get the Flash plug-in.  As you tour the factory, you might consider the following:

  • Why do you think the Boiler and Engine Rooms are located where they are?
  • Why did Estey have a special building for storing varnish and oil?
  • Can you figure out where a reed organ was built?
  • Where were pipe organs put together?
  • Where did organs leave the factory?
  • If you were designing the factory, would you do it this way?


Brattleboro History Center

There are Estey artifacts in the Brattleboro History Center, located in the Masonic Center (next to First Baptist Church). If you’re downtown during open hours, stop by: Thursday and Friday 2-4 pm, Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.