Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall to offer organ tours

Things to Do, What's New — By melodymoser on April 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Beginning May 4th, visitors to Atlantic City will be able to take a tour at Boardwalk Hall (formerly Convention Hall) to see two magnificent organs.  In the Ballroom, you’ll see one of the finest theater-style organs ever built, and in the Main Auditorium, the world’s largest pipe organ.

This is a rare and amazing opportunity offered by the Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society in association with Boardwalk Hall.

If you’re wondering what makes this organ the world’s largest, it’s the number of pipes:  33,000 of them.  That’s more pipes than any other organ has.  And if you think that’s cool, here’s another interesting fact:  the organ weighs in at approximately 150 tons.

Built between 1929 and 1932 by the Midmer-Losh Organ Company of Merrick, Long Island, the organ’s pipes are housed in eight chambers arranged in opposite pairs on the left and right sides of the building’s Main Auditorium.

World's largest pipe organ in Boardwalk Hall

Boardwalk Hall's famous pipe organ

In the Ballroom, the renowned theater-type organ, completed in 1929 by W.W. Kimball of Chicago, provided inspiration (in some respects, a blueprint) for the famous organ in Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Scheduled tour dates begin May 4th, and will be offered at 10 am on Tuesdays until September 21st.  Registration is required.

To book  a tour, each visitor must provide his/her name, e-mail address, and cell phone number.  These details, along with the date of the proposed visit, should be e-mailed to:

Tours cost $20 a person, payable in cash or by check at the start of the tour.  Students and children are admitted free. The funds go directly to the Restoration Society so you can be sure your hard-earned dollars are going to a good cause!

For additional information, and to check the tour dates, see the Convention Hall Organ Society’s website.

[Photo courtesy of Megodenas]