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Musical Instruments Museum, Brussels

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With a massive collection of musical instruments, 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. Using our international travel planner, Brussels attractions like Musical Instruments Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This museum is easily one of the best I've visited in over 50 years. Housed in the fascinating "Old England" building, an architectural curiosity in its own right, the collection is spread over 4 floo...  more »
  • A nice tour, the audio guide is handy and my daughter's love. The instruments are many and very well maintained.
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  • There was a fantastic assortment of instruments from all over the world and all time periods. We probably spent too much time on the beginning of the visit, making "museum overload" kick in earlier th...  more »
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  • Very interesting display of instruments from a wide range of cultures and periods of history. An audio player/headphones are provided with the ticket price so that you can hear examples of most instruments being played. I consider myself knowledgeable about a wide range of instruments but this museum had many I had never seen before. The restaurant at the top of the museum has a great view of Brussels.
  • I expected to be bored but the museum is fascinating, and as part of the entrance fee you are given an audio guide that lets you hear how many of the instruments sound. Normally I can't use those because headphones don't play well with my hearing aids, but the receptionist just removed the headphones and gave the unit to me to use like a mobile phone against my ear. "It may disturb the other visitors a bit but..." She shrugged. The restaurant at the top does excellent food, too!
  • Museum was a great value, especially with Eurostar 2 for 1 deal. Great audio guide and opportunity to hear many interesting instruments from around the world. Would have appreciated more information or history about the instruments. Nice view of city from cafe on 10th floor.
  • Fantastic and peaceful place with great technology that allows you to listen to pieces played on the instruments presented. Wonderful to see groups of school children having guided tours and demonstrations on some instruments. Very cheap for such a great place! Excellent view from the cafe on the top floor. Thank you!
  • We found the museum interesting, and the price was very reasonable for how much time/enjoyment we got out of it. You are given an audio guide that allows you to listen to music from many of the instruments on display. By far our favorite part were the instruments that had extra written detail about their history (for that actual instrument or for that type of instrument). The headphones were a little uncomfortable and the user interface on the audio guides was a bit clunky.

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Where to stay in Brussels

It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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