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MIM - Musical Instruments Museum

Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 545 01 30
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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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Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 545 01 30
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Reviewed yesterday

The Old England Building is one of the Art Nouveau delights of Brussels. I expected to visit the building, have coffee on the roof deck [a "must do"], and elide through the exhibits rather quickly. Didn't happen. We spent several happy hours here. What kept...More

Thank KennethEast
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This modest museum in size has many types of both typical and truly unusual instruments. Very good signage in three languages( English is one), and a cafe on roof with great views of Brussels. There are items here one is not likely to ever see...More

Thank frequentraveler13
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lots of interesting old instruments but the organisation of the museum felt 30+ years out of date. We did not really get any feeling of say how and why the tens of keyboard instruments on display developed over time. No real story connecting them. For...More

Thank SeaNeptune
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum was a big disappointment. It promotes itself as "the emphasis is very much on listening, with auditory experiences around every corner". When we arrived there were signs up saying that the audio tour was unavailable, but we assumed that the museum would still...More

1  Thank wanderer2012
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had one hour free time and visited MIM. I had high expectations. Musee by it self is nice, but guided tours do not work. There is not audio system at the moment and in guided tours guide tries to play music from music player....More

Thank Mr_Pasi
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gelenekselden, moderne pek çok müzik türüne ait sayısız müzik aleti barındırıyor. Yarım gün harcanır eğer hepsine bakayım inceleyim denilirse. 3.katta küçük bir shop'u var. From traditinal to modern, you can find countless music inst. there. You can easily spend a half day here if you...More

Thank Br-Kc99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

music, as we all know, except those who own the museum obviously, involves three main senses: visual, auditory and touch. almost all the instruments are put behind glass and thus one cannot touch and experience the various instruments. one can solely look at the instruments...More

Thank Michal K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For the last few weeks they don't have the audio guides so there is no reason visiting. It's like visiting an art museum where the items are covered. Very disappointing.

Thank ophirkeshet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It´s a nice and unique museum. But I didn't learn that much because there was no audio guide and for the non French speakers like me, there was no information of what I was seeing. So I could only see the instruments and not learn...More

Thank Kolesoo1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Inside this beautiful old building is a terrific collection of musical instruments. This is one place where you absolutely want to get the audio guide.I mean, why just look at musical instruments when you can listen to them as well? There is a wide variety...More

Thank Jeffwithtwoels
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Carolina L
12 January 2017|
Response from olasweetmol |
Yes, there is a shop there, but they don't sell musical items, just souvenirs.
Carolina L
12 January 2017|
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Response from nour s | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a souvenirs shop, but I am not sure about the musical items.
30 December 2016|
Response from VassiliosFanaras | Reviewed this property |
No, unforunately there is no parking there.
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