Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), Brussels

4.2
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With a massive collection of musical instruments, Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) 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 Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and other attractions in Brussels, use our Brussels journey builder .
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  • A collection of musical instruments and a delightful return to the building, which was designed by Paul Saint-Tennoir in 1898 in Ruayal Square in 2000. Art Nouveau architecture is attractive, with iron and glass music. Best of all, the view from the top of the restaurant and café is a secret that no one can tell you about the view of Brussels.
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  • This museum occupies the former Old England store, which is rightly regarded as one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau in Brussels. On several levels are presented more than 1,000 perfectly restored musical instruments. Everything is well explained and, thanks to an audio guide, we were able to hear a lot of excerpts related to the instruments on display. This museum is definitely worth a visit and the entrance prices seem correct, given the service provided.
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  • Many unique surprising finds, but it’s not as comprehensive as I had hoped. The architecture is worth seeing from the outside! The inside is also intriguing and the curators did a fine job of matching the tone of the exhibits to the language of the interior. The price is very fair and you can easily spend 1 or 2 hours here. I would definitely recommend getting a headset to listen to the instruments, as you will not hear any of them otherwise. It cost an additional €1.50 I believe. They offer an assortment of discounts including student discounts provided you have proof (ID). There is a cafe at the top with a nice view, but it’s a bit expensive. Maybe €15 for a meal.
  • Nice museum for people interested in music. Remember to get the audio-guide-thing! Its only two Euro and its quite worth it. I think you can plug two sets of headphones into it if you are a couple... With the audio guide you can listen to a lot of the displayed instruments. I would give this museum one more star if it had videos of people playing the instruments (I'm quite curious about how some of them are played). Perhaps they could also have some daily/weekly event where an artist plays on some 'exotic' instruments. As said I am curious to see how they are played, and I feel it is in the very soul of music to have some live performance.
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