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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  • Excellent. Price of 10 euros per person. Add 2 euro for audio, allowing you to listen to music produced by each instrument by typing your number on a device that connects to a headset. Are 5 floors, with instruments of all times and places, some not even imagined existed. Very well organized, with excellent environment. The building also displays a beautiful facade, and features a pretty decent restaurant. Close to the Grand Place enough to walk, even in the cold.
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  • Nothing that the building is impressive with its terrace which allows you to eat and have a view of Brussels. Different levels allowing you to discover musical instruments over time. I advise you to take a tour with a guide to have explanations and anecdotes and try some instruments.
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  • Audioguide.. I loved the piano - clavier section. This is one of my top museums in the world. It is housed in "Old England", a spectacular Art Deco building...the café/restaurant at the top floor. The...  more »
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  • Worth the visit! Great variety of instruments I had never seen before. And the audio guide that lets you hear the instruments really brings them alive. Wait for the end of October/'17 to go, though, because they are currently updating the system, and there is an actual person walking around with visitors during the day with a sound system to let them hear the instruments. It's nice, but kind of awkward. Just wait for the new audio guides to be ready, if you can.
  • Incredible collection of music instruments, well organized and worth to visit. The price was okay. On the top you’ve an amazing view over Brussels. But no audioguides available. The cloakroom is for free. The museum is nice, but in all way too dark. Some of the pieces you could almost not see because a lot of spotlights didn’t worked. Photos almost not possible to make. Beside that it was quite nice.
  • As a musician, I was struck with awe at the range of instruments present at this museum. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio clips that you can play in front of each exhibit on the handheld device which the museum provides along with headphones. The exhibits were beautiful to look at, especially the various century old pianos. What I missed was having some exhibits which you could touch and feel and perhaps play too, but I guess that's asking for too much. The souvenir store has some good merchandise including some basic toy instruments that you can pick up (flutes, xylophones etc.). Would recommend this to anyone with an inclination towards playing music.
  • There is a wide range of instruments, from traditional instruments to more modern instruments like the theremin. Also some rare instruments are displayed, like a flute made of crystal. Still, I was missing some instruments. You get a device with headphones which can play recordings of almost all instruments. However, not a lot of information is provided. In short, it is a good place to see a lot of instruments, but I did not learn a lot about them. I think the museum also provides guided tours. I would seriously recommend taking a tour like that, since I think a lot more information is provided that way.
  • The museum is amazing There are 2 main halls; one for keyboards and it's progression. And development through history and the other hall for all other instruments. There are instruments that goes to 500 years old. You can hear some of them during the guided tour which is not guided😑. They told is at the front desk that there will be a guided tour but the guide was only holding the speaker that played the Music of different instruments and did not know about any of them and was not happy to receive questions. Otherwise I will strongly advise you to go and read about different kinds of keyboards including the newest one which is called (continuum fingerboard). There are few instruments that it will be the first time in your life to see it. I personally learned the difference between different types of instruments that actually looks similar..

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