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. To visit Musical Instruments Museum and other attractions in Brussels, use our Brussels journey builder .
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  • August 17, 2017
    A nice Museum, very neat. Nice idea to give a chance to hear the sound of each instrument. As a musician, however, in the long run becomes repetitive, especially some floors. Surely original and cheap (maximum cost of admission 8 euros). I much preferred the comic strip Museum (and I repeat, I'm a musician).
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  • August 16, 2017
    A visit to mereece the penalty, with the entrance going including an audio guide that allows you to listen to all the instruments
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  • August 16, 2017
    Does not hear the sound of the exhibits in, acquaints not... The take one day stops going to listen carefully about every single instrument, was going to, but although the recording as an article very interesting. Say roughly 1 floor world music, on the second floor are the roots of the western orchestral instruments, 4th floor configuration history of keyboard instruments so, (3rd floor Museum Shop's) and from the floor of interest to listen close I think. It was impossible, I would challenge in going from the first floor all to win. Music, listen at the piano in the age of each floor of the four-stringed keyboard instrument very interesting because I play the piano, I was impressed. I think of deep emotion and blowing wind instruments as well as those who will hear from the second floor.
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  • June 11, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    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!
  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • March 23, 2017
    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!
  • May 12, 2017
    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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