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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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  • Wow, really nice museum!! Highly recommended!! But you might go there earlier since there are so many nice music from almost every different instruments :) I went there too late :( 
  • Museum on 3 floors, very complete audio guide, to hear the instruments and their small flat sound the choice of pieces, the instrumental repertoire unrepresentative. Very nice collection of keyboards. Very nice, possibility of changing rooms.
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  • Seeing some of the last remaining examples of certain obscure instruments is amazing. Hearing them played on the audio tour was great, however the touchscreen on the girlfriend's one was glitchy (dead...  more »
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  • Great and large selection of musical instruments from all over the world. The audio guide offers recordings of many of them. Very nice shop. On the down side, it would be nice to have more text explaining the origin and peculiarities of each instrument, plus temporary exhibitions to have a shorter, more guided tour of the collection.
  • An amazing collection, with a great deal of oddities. Audio guides are included and almost all instruments are recorded to playback. The mechanical section is small but interesting and the western classical section is absolutely fantastic, with era and thematic sections. The Albert sax section is wonderful. Definitely a great place to spend an afternoon if you are a musician or a music enthusiast.
  • Neat museum to visit if you are interested in music. Perhaps it has an harpsichord or two too many, but I still spent three hours there and learned some new things. Cosy environment and kid-friendly.
  • The building is worth the visit alone. The instruments shown are very interesting. Great view from top
  • Great museum! And the fact that you can listen to music is absolutely amazing! NB: If you want to really enjoy your visit be prepared to spend there at least 3-4 hours.