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MIM - Musical Instruments Museum

Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
32 (02) 545-0130
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Ranked #3 of 211 attractions in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I visited Brussels with a group of friends from uni, so we were 13 Physics students between 18 - 21 years old. We had an absolutely brilliant time - spent a good 2 hours looking round, especially the current exhibition of 200 years of the saxophone (from an alto sax player, this was fab!).

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I was surprised at the format of the museum, walking around with wireless devices to pick up the sounds of instruments but it was very enjoyable and impressive.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A few years ago I found myself in a chat room about Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The question was raised, "When's the best time to visit Victoria Falls?" The answer was, "Before you've seen Igauzu." Those are the spectacular falls on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Unfortunately, we had seen Iguazu before Victoria, and while the latter falls... More

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've never quite been to a museum like this, and I have to say I was rather impressed - the wireless audio guide activates whenever you stand in front of an exhibit, playing you an example of that instrument's sound! I've got a bit of a background in classical music, so I thought it was great - and for 2E... More

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Westport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a very surprising museum format. You are provided with a head set and automatically hear the sound of the instrument when you walk up to the case. Many of the instruments were foreign to me including primitive and those in little use today. The best part of my visit was the special exhibit on the Saxophone; origins, history,... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The MIM proved to be an interesting experience, however I would have appreciated more information about the instruments and their style periods, whether as signage at each instrument or a text guide provided on the screen of the audio guide handset - in the end it became more of a quick view at instruments with blasting of the soundtrack through... More

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Located in an art deco building, the MIM takes you into the world of music. A wireless audio guide is your traveling companion as you walk through the museum an infrared sensors detect your presence and play the music of the instruments in that specific display. Although the signs are in French and Dutch only, you can derive the time... More

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This was an interesting museum. Definitely get the head phones, as they provide a ton of info. The cafe on the top floor gets crowded, so plan to go a bit early for lunch and then continue on. Also, the Renee Magritte Museum is across the street which was great.

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Connecticut Yankee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Fascinating exhibits of both ancient and modern musical instruments from all over the world. We very much enjoyed the sax exhibit in particular. The provided audioguides do a good job of telling you what you are looking at and playing samples of the various instruments. The beautiful building, with it's old cage elevator and beautiful architecture, is also worth seeing.... More

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Staffordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The MIM is an interesting way to spend an hour or two in the centre of Brussels, is well located and good value at €12 each. It's a shame none of the signs are in English (French and Dutch only) but it didn't detract too much from the experience.

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