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Musical Instruments Museum, Brussels
(4.1/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
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 should be visited! No reviews could be minimally excited as much as the experience offered by this Museum and it says a person who goes nuts for musical instruments. The building itself is worth a visit. From the rooftop you can enjoy a great view. Original-the ability to listen to the audio guide with every instrument.
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  • A huge instrument collection aided by the latest of technology to hear there sounds, very nice staff who enjoy there job as they are so helpful. The Museum building is amazing, very majestic and very ...  more »
  • A fine collection of classic and unusual instruments. Audio-guides not enough detailed for my taste because they offer only excerpts from works with some instruments. Virtually no explanation or anecdotes that could make the visit even more fun. Even if you don't eat there, go absolutely to the restaurant on the top of the floor for the view and the new art terrace!
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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.