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.
  • 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.
  • brilliant museum in the Old England building- beautiful art deco building with a great collection of musical instruments. Worth getting the audio guide as it has musical samples of most of the musical instruments so you can hear what they sound like for an extra couple of euros. I wouldn't bother with the cafe/restaurant on the top floor though. Go up there to see the view and then go to the coffee shop around the corner. tried to sit down for coffee only to be told by waiter that tables were for restaurant only and told to sit other side of the restaurant. Went to sit on the other side of the restaurant and were again told again, restaurant only and we needed to sit back on the other side of the restaurant. we then gave up! as i say, its worth heading up to the terrace at the restaurant to take photos of the view, you aren't obligated to buy anything to do that.
  • Lots of different instruments from many different times and places. Not many signs putting the instruments in context, so got boring after a while. Audio guide with the sounds some of the instruments made was great, and worth the extra cost. Most signs in Dutch and French, few in English. Amazing view from the restaurant at the top.
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