Automated House of Emil Wick, Emil Wick, ca. 1885

Toward the end of his life, Emil Wick set about creating five masterpiece mechanical houses for his five godchildren. Each was unique and was an extraordinary living document of early 19th century Swiss village life. This three-story wooden house or hotel, typical of Basel, Switzerland in the early 1800s is populated with mechanical figures animated by a key-wound and weight-driven mechanism. Inside the cabinet base is a music cylinder that chimes two different tunes.
Be sure to catch the video about this special piece when you visit the museum.