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MIM - Musical Instruments Museum

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Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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+32 2 545 01 30
09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
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As soon as it opened at the end of the 19th century, the luxurious Old...

As soon as it opened at the end of the 19th century, the luxurious Old England department store earned an excellent reputation for its highly distinctive building. The entrance to the building is a jewel of the Art nouveau style while the rest is in perfect harmony with the neoclassical ensemble on the Place Royale, and just around the corner from the Grand Place and Central Station, no less!

It's here in this architectural gem that the MIM took up residence in June 2000.

The museum's reputation is mainly built on its extraordinary collections.

With a wealth of some 7000 instruments, the MIM is currently an internationally renowned instrumental museum.

Once inside, you'll embark on a true tour of the musical world. After your trip past the some 1500 pieces on exhibit, the instruments and their history will no longer hold any secrets: from viole da gamba from the Court of Brussels to the 20th century theremin, and even including the African kora! And be sure not to miss our area devoted to the instruments of Adolphe Sax.

The MIM is nothing other than a place to experience music. An infrared headphone system allows each visitor to explore the thematic tours to the tune of the melodious sound of the instruments presented. Translation is no problem. Everyone knows that music is a universal language.

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Brief visit to see the building

We arrived too late for admission to the museum, but they let us in to see the art nouveau architecture and the view from the rooftop cafe. The building has a fabulous exterior... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived too late for admission to the museum, but they let us in to see the art nouveau architecture and the view from the rooftop cafe. The building has a fabulous exterior and is worth a visit if architecture is your thing.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The place is not worth it. It has a lot of instruments for sure but very badly organised and completely useless.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

When thinking about Brussels the first think coming to your mind are museums, especially with paintings. Therefore this music museum is a hidden jewel! Located in the beautiful Old England buillding, with interactive sessions, one of the most beautifull views of the all town. Fit for individual and group tours, it also supports the youngstere in their discovery of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but this place is great. It was recommended to me by a friend back in Oxford, and I'm so glad I went. They have instruments I've never seen before, and it's a treat to be able to hear them. The museum is bigger than you think; I'd allow for at least 1.5-2 hours.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has an incredible collection of musical instruments from all over the world, many of which I had never seen, indeed not even imagined (many early keyboards, double grand pianos, some incredible wind instruments, etc). They give a playback device on which you can hear many of these being played, and some of them have additional information too. The... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a large museum with a large collection of musical instruments. You are given a headset to hear the sounds of the various instruments. There are very few signs in English so it is hard to understand the story of each of the instruments. I personally did not find this museum very interesting and it takes a good chunk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can see instruments from all over the globe here. There are some instruments that are the only ones left in the world. At the entrance you receive a headset where you can listen to almost every instrument they have. There are lots of instruments so be prepared to spend few hours there

Thank Radek J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we spent more than 3 hours inside, listening to all the instruments. discount for people under 25 years old

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I went to the MIM, I was excited to discover new sounds of instruments and listen to alternative music but I couldn't. Unfortunately it was more history oriented. Still interesting though! They should organize live performance to make it more lively

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't sure what to expect here, I'm not a musician. It's much bigger than I expected and quite fun. You are given audio equipment which play the sound of the instruments to you. Unfortunately not much info is given as to the origins and traditions associated with many of the displays. A "hands on" facility would be fabulous-especially as this... More 

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