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MIM - Musical Instruments Museum

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Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 2 545 01 30
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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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Amazing museum for musicians and non-musicians alike

An amazing collection of musical instruments, classical, folk, electronic, new and old. Don't miss the floor below ground floor and don't miss the views from the rooftop... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's nice there you can see many instruments from different countries and different times, and with the audio device you listen to music played with each instrument separately or some instruments together. It was disappointing for me that there were instruments from India and China but there weren't any arabic instruments. But it was interesting in general, here is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing collection of musical instruments, classical, folk, electronic, new and old. Don't miss the floor below ground floor and don't miss the views from the rooftop restaurant. Well curated. So fun to hear recordings of so many of the instruments.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really engaging, interactive museum and nicely laid out. The headphones with musical examples really interest as well. Be sure to get there by 415 as last entry is then not 5pm.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is my favorite in Brussels. It is very informative. It intriguing to see all of the old instruments.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Didnt find the time to get inside as we had a jam packed two days planned but wanted to leave a review on the building itself! Its one of the nicest looking buildings i seen while in Brussels just so well built and maintained The entire street that its set on reminded me of a scene from harry potter i... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a must do in Brussels, where you are introduced to different musical instruments from all over the world. The nice part of visiting this museum is that you would be handed when admitted with a device through which you could listen to the music of each instrument! it is definitely worth to allocate good time to visit all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is very good for all generations because it offers you a lot of visual and audio materials which go across music throughout the history. In the beginning you get a tablet and a headphones so you can listen various instrument placed on the 4 floors of the building. You will need a bit more time if you want... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must see for any music lover, and obligatory for any musician. If you do not like music you might start to love it after discovering the myriad of instruments and sounds displayed at the MIM. I have visited most of the music instruments around the world and this is definitely one of the best. The location is super central... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I would definitely do this!!! It was free when we went and you received headphones upon entry, which allowed you to listen to all the instruments! I would make sure you give yourself enough time to visit this museum,as we went quite late in the day and unfortunately didn't get to see all the amazing instruments on display!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The MIM is a must-see in Brussels. The whole history of musical instruments unfolds before you, with excellent displays in English, Dutch, and French. The musical instruments are in some instances one-of-a-kind. The MIM is housed in a wonderful Art Deco building with "Old England" blazoned across its facade--because it was built by an Englishman. The building has a restaurant... More 

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