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“the best museum! - dont miss it” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #6 of 334 things to do in Brussels
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.
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“the best museum! - dont miss it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

A really wonderful experience. Make it one of your priorities. There are 3 floors of mainstream to the most unusual instruments, from all over the world, and as you go round, your headsets (given as part of the tickets) play music with the instruments in the cupboards you are standing by. Dont move on too quickly, because there is often more than one musical excerpt for the cabinet. We spent hours here. The top floor has a great restaurant and tea room, so you can break your visit up with some refreshments. The building is worth seeing too.

Visited December 2013
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“Music, history and technology”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Its definitely worth a visit, where in under one roof one can see musical instruments from around the world, from different times in history.
The audio guide will automatically detect the instrument in front of which you are standing, show you a picture of the instrument and play its respective sound.

Visited October 2013
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“One of the best things to visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I have personally not a strong relationship with playing music but i really enjoy listening to it and as far as i experienced from my visit to Brussels visiting MIM museum is definitely a nice way to start your day. The museum has mostly 4 floors with musical instruments with some of them able to hear via the headphones that are given to you at the entrance. We spend around 2 hours in it and i left because my friend was nagging.. It was so much enjoyable listening to all these different kinds of music. They also have some natural instruments from foreign civilizations. The ticket of the museum is also very cheap, especially in the case you are up to 25 year sold as we were! ;) Comparing the MIM with the Comics museum we also visited i would say that it much more worth the visit!

Visited November 2013
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“Great museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

This museum is good value for money and you can spend a good couple of hours just wandering around and listening to the different types of instruments. Highly recommend this museum.

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“Better than I'd expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

I've always avoided it but I was pleasantly surprisd. Great views from the top; headphone means yo can hear each of the instruments as you walk past them. I could have done witha bit ore information about some of the instruments. Great building.

Visited November 2013
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