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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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Go there for the instruments, stay for the building

Yes, both are worthwhile to be seen: not only the collection of musical instruments is one of the largest in the world but the building is truly magnificent. And don't miss the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Olivier S
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, both are worthwhile to be seen: not only the collection of musical instruments is one of the largest in the world but the building is truly magnificent. And don't miss the rooftop terrasse and its tasty 'chocolat chaud'

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have never seen a museum like this, a lot of pianos, instruments of all the world, etc.. And you can listen most of them with the guide.

Thank belinda g
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would recommend visiting this museum if you're visiting Brussels and into your music! Very informative tour and very interesting!

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thought this place was great, so many interesting and unusual instruments to look at, way too many to listen to all of the music samples they had. So walked around picking the really strange looking instruments to hear how they would sound (which i would recommend doing rather than trying to listen to all of them). My favourites were definitely... More 

Thank BithiahBetty
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The art-nouveau building itself is worth a visit. It used to be a very chique department store called "Old England". it now houses a huge collection of musical instruments, and when you approach each one you hear it playing in the headphones Great rooftop restaurant and small intimate concert hall featuring free lunchtime music on certain days..

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a couple hours to spare so we went in. My boyfriend enjoyes it a lot, me, not as much. It has 4 floors with a lot of instruments form all around the world, you also get a headphone on which you can hear the music the instruments play. There isn't much info however on the instruments themselves. If... More 

Thank Dóra V
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

That was one of the most poor and boring museum I have ever been. It would be nice if the headphones were actually working properly and if we could have access to the concert hall. If you are not in to music and instruments don t spend 8 euros just for the building and the coffee place.

Thank Giannis T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having a couple of hours to spare we broke our walk around Brussels with a visit to this museum. (We used 2 for 1 vouchers from our Eurostar tickets.) Even the exterior is worth a special detour! We started with lunch in the restaurant which has a rooftop view (recommended), before taking in a couple of floors of exhibits. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I adore it , Ive been 4 times I think. If you like the music and wanna discover different international instruments and be able to hear their sound and melodies, I recommend it deeply! You will find lots of mechanical instruments and as well one of the first electronic music discoveries ;)

Thank Teodora B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In a gorgeous building that's unmissable, is a gem of a museum. We went through the museum (and pretty much the whole audio guide) in about 3 hours. There are one-of-a-kind instruments here that I couldn't have imagined! Even better, the audio guide lets you hear how the instrument sounds, a unique and awesomely unexpected experience.

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