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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of MIM - Musical Instruments Museum

MIM - Musical Instruments Museum
Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
32 (02) 545-0130
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Ranked #5 of 206 Attractions in Brussels
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
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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.
Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Fabulous old building very good Collection of instruments but if you are not a music or history fan can be a bit boring. The building is worth a pop inside the foyer as it is fabulousa

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“Interesting, especially if you are into music and instruments”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

There are multiple floors divided by instrument type and age with examples of the instruments, old photos of people playing the instruments and audio examples of music. Even if you don't go to the museum you should see the outside of the building. Gorgeous!

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“fun and interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We went to the musical instrument museum in Brussels, Belgium. It has hundreds of instruments from the 1600's up to the 1950's. You are given a handheld device through which you can hear a recording of what each group sounds like. There are some extremely unusual instruments, and some of the recordings are really different to hear. An instrument played by Benjamin Franklin is here, with a recording of how it sounds. Plan on 1-2 hours, depending how much of an instrument lover you are.

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“Fantastic variety”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

There are certainly other museums with better specialist collections of particular kinds of instruments, but there was a far greater variety here than I have ever seen or heard before.

As you stand in front of particular exhibits you hear them played through the headphones, but in one or two cases only the sounds for adjacent exhibits could be heard. Many instruments had inadequate labels, and far more descriptive material would have made the visit more enjoyable and more informative.

It was good to see the examples of a harpsichord maker's workshop and a luthier's workshop.

Visited September 2012
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“Incredible to see and hear”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

This Museum was incredible with the number, the age, the description and sounds provided. One had a banquet of classical music played on the instrument you were infront of. A must see.

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