Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), Brussels

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With a massive collection of musical instruments, Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) 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 (MIM) and other attractions in Brussels, use our Brussels journey builder.
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  • Wé have visited this museum last saturday and we have loved it for the variety of its instruments. Nice place To see and To walk through  more »
  • A music instrument museum without sound, it exists. Yes, you get sound at every exhibit via your headset. But music lovers like real sound via a decent audio system. Why not have some sound theaters.....  more »
  • I have seen many towns on the 5 continents. Brussels is one of the places where time has never stood still and changes have always been subtle. There is a lot of harmony, old and new images and the....  more »
  • Had an excellent brunch, with a huge selection of delicious food on offer. Only complaint was that they wouldn't store luggage, so we had to go to the Magritte museum to buy a locker, and there was only one glass of juice included in the €30 brunch price - I would have expected tea or coffee at least! Still highly recommend it (with a reservation!)
  • Very interesting! It was a surprise for me that the audioguide only plays songs but doesn't tell anything, I wish it told some stories of the instruments. However, I did not regret taking it because the experience is much more colourful when you hear what the instruments sound like. Not 5 stars because there is no English version of the text on most exhibitions.
  • Great collection, reasonable price. Make sure to get the device that lets you hear what some of the instruments sound like. I have two complaints: some of the information was not available in English, and I would have liked to have more information on the history of some of the instruments. The museum is not really what we in the US would call "kid friendly". Not much hands on. But I think we cater too much to that; as a kid I liked this kind of stuff.
  • Amazing museum! did you know that the saxophone was invented in Brussels? this and many other curiosities of musical instruments you know there! and has a stunning view of the city, I highly recommend it and the building is so beautiful
  • Very interesting museum with 3 large rooms detailing the history and progress of multiple musical instruments. They have a room dedicated to traditional instruments from around the world, another focused on Western countries, and the third regarding keyboards, considered one of the only European contributions. The whole museum is mostly written in Flemish and French, so you may think about getting an audioguide for more information. On each of the floors there is also a cool alcove (outside the exhibit rooms) that offers a beautiful view of the city and the gardens.

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