MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, Brussels

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With a massive collection of musical instruments, MIM - Musical Instruments Museum 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 MIM - Musical Instruments Museum and other attractions in Brussels, use our Brussels journey builder .
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  • The museum has instruments from all over the world and you can listen to each one with the headsets provided. Will come back with my kids  more »
  • These instruments are absolutely fascinating, I've visited the museum 3 times already, taking my friends when they visit Brussels! My only disappointment is the absence of instruments from the Caribbe...  more »
  • The Museum is really rich and well organized. Four floors divided by themes, each of which has many goodies and takes some time to be examined in depth. Spend ABSOLUTELY the two euros for the audio guide because it's worth it all! You will have the opportunity to hear the sound of many of these instruments, and the visit will be complete. The building in which the Museum is an attraction in itself. In some theaters, even before the instruments, you stop to admire the architecture of the Interior. On the tenth floor, a restaurant that offers the possibility to admire the panorama of the city from above.
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  • Dull and sterile 10 floors, but 5 of the 10 are empty or closed. Another floor is a restaurant with a good view - the only redeeming feature of the museum. One floor is a gift shop. The remaining floors offered sterile museum exhibits showing instruments behind glass cases. Perhaps this would have been better if the audio tour was working, but it wasn't available. There was an "instrument petting zoo" in a small crammed area, with 3 instruments. Thanks it was free today. However Line stretched out the door to get in. We waited 30 minutes. Most definitely not worth it.
  • A quick stop before going to Grand Place. This Museum features musical instruments from the old ages. Its architectural design is also comparable to those eccentric buildings in Brussels. They feature a lot of different instruments from the old ones to the modern ones. There are some exhibits from a specific country from time to time. If you want to eat after your visit at the Museum at the restaurant at the 6th floor you have to and your visit at around 4 so that you still have an hour to stay in the restaurant which closes at 5pm. Audio guides available which will help you listen to the sound of the specific instrument you're looking at.
  • brilliant museum in the Old England building- beautiful art deco building with a great collection of musical instruments. Worth getting the audio guide as it has musical samples of most of the musical instruments so you can hear what they sound like for an extra couple of euros. I wouldn't bother with the cafe/restaurant on the top floor though. Go up there to see the view and then go to the coffee shop around the corner. tried to sit down for coffee only to be told by waiter that tables were for restaurant only and told to sit other side of the restaurant. Went to sit on the other side of the restaurant and were again told again, restaurant only and we needed to sit back on the other side of the restaurant. we then gave up! as i say, its worth heading up to the terrace at the restaurant to take photos of the view, you aren't obligated to buy anything to do that.
  • Only a fleeting visit. Wonderful piece of architecture. Be sure to take the charming elevator to the restaurant at the top and admire the views from the terrace. Take the staircase down and take in the exhibits.
  • Favorite museum in Brussels. Absolutely do the audio your so that you can listen to the various impressive instruments they have on display. If you're an English only speaker many of the plaques are still mostly only in French or Dutch maybe, I'm not 100% sure but it isn't English. Still managed to spend several hours there just walking around listening to the audio.

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