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MIM - Musical Instruments Museum

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Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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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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Great history of the instruments in the world how they evolved. You can also hear the sounds of each instruments with the audio guide. The history of the building itself and the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great history of the instruments in the world how they evolved. You can also hear the sounds of each instruments with the audio guide. The history of the building itself and the architectural structure are also interesting to learn about.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only thing you can here, is see some instruments and hear there voices. But if you are with a class or interested in classic intruments will i be a great place to visit. But there are no funny stories or something like that. only the instrument and the voices. ;)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful building brought back to life appropriately and super roof top cafe. To get the best from the visit the stairs are a must providing access to each floor and its architecture and views.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this place on recommendation from one of our friends and never regret it. So many instruments from all over the world and you can spend easily couple of hours listening all these wonderful sounds. Museum is placed in a beautiful old building, so another plus. If you are in Brussels, this is a must to see.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building in jugend-stylein which the museum is located is a beautiful masterpiece. But the same can be said about the museum which possess a large collection of musical instruments cleverly displayed. An audioguide is included in the price-ticket (8€) and it contains lots of music plays associated with the instruments.

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Thank Gabriel B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful museum. Easy to navigate and lovely to listen to all the instruments. Staff a little bit rude but didnt ruin the experience. Food at the top was excellent - large portions so choose wisely. Elevator was tempremental but stairs aren't too steep for children/elderly

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a lot of potential. The interactive guide was great to listen to for the music, but none of the signs explaining the wider exhibits was in English. It would've been so much better if there was additional English explanations in the guide, too. Many people who don't speak French or German do speak English, so I feel... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you think you have a good idea of what music instruments are in the world... prepare for a shock!😳This museum is a MUST see ounce in your life. (If you like music of course:-)

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Thank Lucien M
Bruxelles, Belgique
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the museum but I'm not such a fan of instruments. The building is very nice and it's one of the nicest view of Brussels because you're high on the hill. You can also have a brunch on Sunday or a drink at the rooftop terrasse. No need to visit the museum to get access to the roof :-)

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Before going into the museum I assumed you would get quite a bit of history, maybe highlight certain musicians.. there wasn't a ton of that. It was focused a lot on the evolution of many individual instruments. What was cool is that you can hear each of the instruments and on some of them there is corresponding history of how... More 

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