MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, Brussels

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With a massive collection of musical instruments, MIM - Musical Instruments Museum caters to musicians and music lovers. You can explore Belgium's musical history, European musical traditions, and non-European instruments, all of which are organized on four floors. Visit the basement for an exhibit on mechanical instruments, including clocks and bells and a componium--a 19th-century instrument that can create an infinite variety of music. The next level displays traditional instruments from around the world. Continue up for an exhibit of string and keyboard instruments. The top floor is dedicated to Adolphe Sax, a Brussels musician who invented the saxophone. To visit MIM - Musical Instruments Museum and other attractions in Brussels, use our Brussels journey builder .
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  • With 2 children family, wife and 10 and 13 years remarkable place, well organised with a small price, as well as a spectacular view of the city from the terrace. All instruments are audible through earpiece individual or group. Avoid the elevator ... There goes anymore.
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  • The museum has a great collection and the instruments are very well displayed however the descriptions are in Dutch and French and there is no translation for English. There was just one exhibit on th...  more »
  • Their audio guides were undergoing changes, so they didn't offer them. It would've been better if they had offered a discount since not having the audio guide really diminished the quality of the muse...  more »
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  • One of my favourite museums. Fantastic Art Neuveau building. It's staged across 4 floors, I think and has musical instruments from across the world. Get the headphones guide and listen to recordings of many of the instruments as you go round. It would be nice if they could set trails through the museum allowing to follow the development of various instruments, also using recordings of the same tune so you can get an idea of the instruments musical evolution. It was amazing seeing the instruments developed by Saxe, including the saxophone. Truly a famous Belgian! I liked the keyboard gallery, but they could have done more with the modern instruments like the electric guitars and recording equipment. There is a rooftop restaurant, which we didn't use, just took in the views. All in all, a great place to visit.
  • Dull and sterile 10 floors, but 5 of the 10 are empty or closed. Another floor is a restaurant with a good view - the only redeeming feature of the museum. One floor is a gift shop. The remaining floors offered sterile museum exhibits showing instruments behind glass cases. Perhaps this would have been better if the audio tour was working, but it wasn't available. There was an "instrument petting zoo" in a small crammed area, with 3 instruments. Thanks it was free today. However Line stretched out the door to get in. We waited 30 minutes. Most definitely not worth it.
  • Located on several floors and useful for kids. The museum is made more interesting by the audioguides, but you have to pay extra for those. Everything is clean and taken care of.
  • A quick stop before going to Grand Place. This Museum features musical instruments from the old ages. Its architectural design is also comparable to those eccentric buildings in Brussels. They feature a lot of different instruments from the old ones to the modern ones. There are some exhibits from a specific country from time to time. If you want to eat after your visit at the Museum at the restaurant at the 6th floor you have to and your visit at around 4 so that you still have an hour to stay in the restaurant which closes at 5pm. Audio guides available which will help you listen to the sound of the specific instrument you're looking at.
  • Great museum in a beautiful building. Getting the audio guide is absolutely essential. Staff was very helpful. The giftshop is great.
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