Frasse read about Thomas Alva Edison for the first time in 1964 and he was so captivated by the man often called America’s greatest inventor that he became an eager student of his work and a prolific collector of Edison phonographs. Frasse’s collection is now one of the world’s finest.

Frasse and his partner Marianne opened their museum in 1981 in the home they shared on Peder Mörck Street here in Simrishamn. Now Frasse could combine his job at Lundqvist’s Fish Shop with the job of curator of his own museum.

The collection had attracted international attention even before the museum opened as Frasse corresponded regularly with several museums all over the world and was frequently consulted by the Edison Museum in the USA.

Besides gramophones and phonographs, the collection contains many other musical machines, such as musical boxes and melodious barrel organs that Frasse and Marianne loved to play at outdoor events from time to time.

During the many years it was open, Frasse’s Music Museum attracted not just the general public but many dignitaries from all over the world, and visitors were always delighted and impressed by this unique collection. The museum was open until 2006. John Fransson, or “Frasse” as everyone called him, began collecting funnel gramophones in 1959 and he spent five busy years assembling the foundation of his impressive collection. He often came across artefacts as he drove around the rural areas of Österlen in his meat delivery van.

John Fransson was born on 24 November 1920 in the parish of Fågeltofta. He died on Christmas Eve 2009. His partner Marianne Nilsson died in 2012.

Their entire collection, now preserved for posterity in the Frasse’s and Marianne’s Music Museum Foundation, is here for you and all our other visitors to see and admire, and we hope you feel the same great respect for their legacy that we do.


Antique disc music boxes in the foreground, a barrel organ and a picture of John "Frasse" Fransson in the background.

Some of the Edison phonographs.

The contents of the display case to the left include musical photo albums. There are portable gramophones and musical boxes on the shelves and pedestals.

There are musical birds in a cage in the display case. The podium contains several barrel organs.