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MIM - Musical Instruments Museum

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Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Phone Number:
+32 2 545 01 30
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09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
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As soon as it opened at the end of the 19th century, the luxurious Old...

As soon as it opened at the end of the 19th century, the luxurious Old England department store earned an excellent reputation for its highly distinctive building. The entrance to the building is a jewel of the Art nouveau style while the rest is in perfect harmony with the neoclassical ensemble on the Place Royale, and just around the corner from the Grand Place and Central Station, no less!

It's here in this architectural gem that the MIM took up residence in June 2000.

The museum's reputation is mainly built on its extraordinary collections.

With a wealth of some 7000 instruments, the MIM is currently an internationally renowned instrumental museum.

Once inside, you'll embark on a true tour of the musical world. After your trip past the some 1500 pieces on exhibit, the instruments and their history will no longer hold any secrets: from viole da gamba from the Court of Brussels to the 20th century theremin, and even including the African kora! And be sure not to miss our area devoted to the instruments of Adolphe Sax.

The MIM is nothing other than a place to experience music. An infrared headphone system allows each visitor to explore the thematic tours to the tune of the melodious sound of the instruments presented. Translation is no problem. Everyone knows that music is a universal language.

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Music for every taste

This was a trip of teenagers. The museum was beautiful, the guides were wonderful, knowledge and extremely helpful. I realize this was a curated trip, but it had something for... read more

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a trip of teenagers. The museum was beautiful, the guides were wonderful, knowledge and extremely helpful. I realize this was a curated trip, but it had something for every student. They are wanting to go again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really one of my favorites in Belgium, just the exterior is enough to drop you jaw down. But once you get inside it becomes even better, everything is soo beautiful, you can listen to the instruments you are watching. Simpy amazing, demandatory point of visit in Brussels for sure!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most interesting museum that I have visited. U can see a lot of instruments from any part of the world. The coolest that u can listen almost every one with your personal audio guide.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The building alone is worth the visit if you have any interest in Art Nouveau (not Deco) architecture, both outside and inside. There's a massive range of instruments in groups on each floor plus a workshop where an artisan is busy doing repairs. Not many descriptions are in English, but it no hindrance as there's a helpful free multilingual headset... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Located in an art deco home, this is hands down the best museum in Brussels, not just because of the instruments but because of the architecture of the house it self. There is a nice little restaurant up top with a great patio

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum can be over whelming so occasionally find a place to sit to just listen to the music. Each show case houses multiple of music instruments organized by type or country. The hand held guide will play a selection for you, so a visitor can hear the culture. There were a few instruments it would have been interesting to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised by the strange and incredible fantasy of instrument inventors rtw. This museum offers a big collection of instruments to see and a pretty possibility to ear the sound of most of them. Let you dance!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best museums I've ever been to. There is almost nothing to read - just look and listen. I lost myself in thought and music for three very happy hours. A tip - on the piano/keyboard floor, don't skip the Electric Butterfly Baby Grand. A beautiful rendition of a great song.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To be honest we did not go inside due to limited time, but it's facade is a great example of art nouveau design and very worthwhile to see. There is also a cafe on top floor which would be a good option to combine with your visit to the museum. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is housed in one of the most distinguished examples of Art Nouveau architecture-- all glass and metal curves and curlicues from pre WW1 era that is typical of many homes in Brussels from this prosperous time. But in this case, it is in a large public building. It is a wonderful museum of musical instruments throughout the ages... More 

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