Kazoo Factory, Museum, & Gift Shop


Even with kazoos, engineers can toot their own horn--to mass produce metal kazoos, you need manufacturing engineering. In 1912, traveling salesman Emil Sorg teamed up with Michael J. McIntyre to do just that. After their initial success, McIntyre moved to Eden, New York, to start his own factory. He partnered with the owner of a metal-forming plant, and the partners established the Original American Kazoo Company in 1916. McIntyre received a patent for the metal kazoo in 1923. Now owned by Brimms, Inc., the company still uses the same die presses that were installed in 1907. It's the only original metal kazoo factory operating in the world.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Sounds/Music
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The kazoo is a type of instrument called a mirliton, which has a fixed interior membrane that vibrates in response to sound waves. Although it has ancient roots, the kazoo as we know it was invented in the 1840s by Alabama Vest, an African-American performer in Macon, Georgia, The submarine-shaped kazoo was shown at the Georgia State Fair in 1852.