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Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 (02) 545-0130
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Tue - Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
Description: 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 and interactive museum, specially if you like music from all ages. The pity is that the information is not in English. I also missed some more information about old... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Amazing and interactive museum, specially if you like music from all ages. The pity is that the information is not in English. I also missed some more information about old instruments. The restaurant on the last floor has very nice views of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I visited this museum whilst on a musc tour, it was fantastic. The amount of musical instruments on display was extensive. I particularly enjoyed seeing the old instruments you don't usually come across, such as the serpent. It was a great day!

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Slagelse, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The building itself is a fine example of art nuveau, with an interesting iron structure, worth seeing in itself. You get an earphone and by standing at marked places, you can hear the sound of the instrument you are looking at (well, not always - this is wireless, with some imprecision). An excellent idea, overall decently executed. Floor 1 is... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is a fascinating place, if you like world music especially. If you've been to something like WOMAD, you'll love it. Cracking cakes with stunning city view on the top floor.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

It is a lovely museum, in a beautiful building. I was sad to not have more time to spend inside, as it was closing, but it is certainly a good museum to go to. You get an Audio guide and ca listen to the different types of instruments along the way. There's also a lovely cafe upstairs with a great... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We accidentally stumbled across this museum and we're all surprised and impressed. A wide range of instruments developed over many 100's of years are on display and one can listen to the sound and music of each via an audio guide. I saw children attending educational sessions on the use of the various instruments at the museum and I was... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This museum is situated in a beautiful art-deco building. The building alone is worth seeing. It offers a great break from the average museum circuit of art and sculpture. Music is something we can all relate to and this museum offers a great collection of musical instruments. Audio guide is available. There are 3 or 4 floors of exhibits and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It is such a fun museum. They give you a device & headphones. When you walk close to an instrument, a song by that instrument will play from your device. There are so many antique instruments like the harpsichord and clavichord. I really enjoyed this museum. There are areas for you to sit down and enjoy the music. If you... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

It was really good having the audio guide with the sounds the instruments made when played. Excellent building, excellent display of an amazing range of instruments.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

You are given a headset like many other museums but this one was my favourite by far. Besides the fact that it didn't require punching in numbers or finding a small square to wave the device over this system simply had large squares on the floor and when you stood on or near these the device started playing music of... More 

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