Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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! With a wealth of some 9.000 instruments, some 1.200 of which are on permanent exhibit, the museum's reputation is mainly built on its extraordinary collections. Once inside, you'll embark on a true tour of the musical world. After your visit, the instruments and their history will no longer hold any secrets: from the viola da gamba from the Court of Brussels to the 20th century theremin, and even including the African Kora! The mim is nothing other than a place to experience music. A visitor's guidance system allows you to explore the thematic tours to the tune of the melodious sound of the instruments presented.
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  • staceyb197
    Saint Louis, Missouri48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth every penny
    This museum should be on every music-lover’s list for a Brussels visit. The audio guide added so much to the experience. The beauty and history of the instruments was unparalleled. I was even lucky enough to be there when a trio performed on their baroque instruments in the concert hall! This is a museum I will be telling people about forever.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 14, 2023
  • TinaH45
    139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice for music lovers
    We enjoyed our visit. I was thrilled to see the instruments housed in a building that is also such a fabulous example of Art Nouveau architecture. I loved also being able to use the headset to hear a sample of how the instrument sounded.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands20,139 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost unique museum - wonderful collection
    You don’t have a museum of musical instruments in every city and certainly not with such a great collection! So in that sense a must see when you are in Bruxelles. The atmosphere in the museum is a bit darkish with low ceilings, no doubt also to protect the instruments from the influence of light. The shop was open, the restaurant closed when visited.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Steve M
    Luton, United Kingdom139 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A splendid hour (but needed longer)
    We visited this museum in the last spare hour we had on our visit to Brussels. To be fair, it deserved more time but as we had the Brussels Card, it was effectively free. The building was lovely and the audio interaction you got as you walked around was interesting. I learned quite a bit too, even as a keen musician… including the ridiculously complex made up German word for piano! If you have some time to spare and like music, give this museum a go.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Veggie Zebedee
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the building, stay for the music.
    Great museum in a beautiful art nouveau building! You can get some headphones and a little device that allows you to hear all the historical musical instruments being played! The device crashes a lot but its easy to fix and worth it to hear these amazing ancient instruments as you go through the museum. The building is truly stunning. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed when we went but I hope to go back some time!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Trek12434078452
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum, terrible security staff
    This museum was amazing and it was so interesting to see such a variety of instruments from different countries and hear how they sound. However the security staff were awful. We brought our 1 year old to the museum who cannot yet walk. After buying tickets we were informed that we could not bring the pram in or any of our bags or food for the baby including the baby's milk. We then spent around half an hour trying to settle our baby with food and milk before entering. Obviously we had to carry her everywhere and my husband and I had to take it in turns carrying her so that the other could enjoy the museum. We ended up only spending about 20 minutes each actually seeing the museum before needing to leave to settle the baby. On leaving the building I saw another visitor being allowed entrance with their baby and pram which was quite outrageous given our experience. Bottom line, I wouldn't bring a baby or toddler here. Really the staff should have told us before we wasted our money that we wouldn't be able to bring anything that would comfort our child into the museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 8, 2023
  • AixTex
    Texas108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wish we'd allowed more time
    Elaborate collection of every type of instrument in the world. And you get to hear recordings of many of them! We also enjoyed the displays about the building itself and the department store it originally housed. We missed a lot because we only allowed one hour to visit: needed at least two. Would probably bore most children, but adult and teen music lovers would love this place. Unfortunately the restaurant on the top floor with great views has been closed for some time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • NilsM73
    Bergen, Norway76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Let the music guide you
    First off, the building is incredible in itself with wonderful views and a testament to it's era. Top it off with a museum that will make you smile, wonder and be surprised you have an incredible mix. We spent 3 hours just because we want to savour the different time periods and instrument types. We found instruments from both of our countries, so be a detective and see if you find from your! Easily the highlight of my visit to Brussels.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Melanie T
    New York City, New York4,675 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a fun and unique visit!
    What a cool museum! It's included in the Brussels Card but if you don't have it, tickets are €15, which I think is still worth it. It's so unique. It's a collection of musical instruments from all over the world, and many of them are hundreds of years old. All of the instruments are in a glass case or behind a rope (for obvious reasons) and they give you an audio guide to listen to what it sounds like. There were so many instruments I had never even heard of. We got there at around 10:30 on a Saturday and there were a good amount of people there already (they open at 9:30). It got crowded later on so I would recommend going on a weekday if you can. We spent about an hour and a half there and got through most of everything we wanted. There are four floors, so at first, we were listening to every piece but eventually we started to just choose the things we were interested in. If you were to listen to everything, my guess is that it would probably take 3-4 hours. They have over 2,000 instruments. Highly recommend, if you love music and are looking for something different to do!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 16, 2023
  • VirginiaGal
    Arlington, Virginia151 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile
    Informative. Worth going to even though top floor cafe is currently closed. Fun to see which instruments come from which countries. From Ukraine, cool bandura with tryzub. See photo.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 9, 2023
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malhal7
County Armagh, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
If you're interested in music you should not miss visiting this museum. It is amazing! If you go, don't forget the audio guide which has recordings of nearly all the instruments on display - it is essential.
Also visit the cafe on the top floor - you won't be disappointed!
Written January 12, 2020
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Trek12434078452
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This museum was amazing and it was so interesting to see such a variety of instruments from different countries and hear how they sound. However the security staff were awful.

We brought our 1 year old to the museum who cannot yet walk. After buying tickets we were informed that we could not bring the pram in or any of our bags or food for the baby including the baby's milk. We then spent around half an hour trying to settle our baby with food and milk before entering. Obviously we had to carry her everywhere and my husband and I had to take it in turns carrying her so that the other could enjoy the museum. We ended up only spending about 20 minutes each actually seeing the museum before needing to leave to settle the baby.

On leaving the building I saw another visitor being allowed entrance with their baby and pram which was quite outrageous given our experience. Bottom line, I wouldn't bring a baby or toddler here. Really the staff should have told us before we wasted our money that we wouldn't be able to bring anything that would comfort our child into the museum.
Written September 8, 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I was quite intrigued to visit the Musical Instrument Museum to see what was on display and was not disappointed!

When I visited it was 15 Euros and you get an audio guide to take you through the museum. There are lockers to put your bags and outside clothes which is really helpful.

There is a lift to take you to the floors of the museum. I was advised to start on the lower ground floor and work my way up to the top which was very helpful.

Within the museum there are LOADS of different musical instruments from throughout the world and different ages right up to the present day.

The audio guide lets you listen to the instruments so you can hear what they sound like.

There is a well stocked gift shop with all sorts of souvenirs you can buy for you or your loved ones.

On the third floor there is a magnificent view of the city and well worth checking out for picture opportunities.
Written January 19, 2023
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TravelGoddess86
San Francisco, CA305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Judging from the building housing all of these amazing instruments, I knew I was in for a treat. This multi-floor museum is home to some of the most unique instruments I’ve ever seen. Some displays were behind glass, others not. The displays were categories by string instruments, wind instruments, brass, and also pianos. That floor was super interesting! There’s also a great museum shop on the third or fourth floor. It was nice seeing school children taking a tour and getting educated while also being given the chance to test certain instruments provided by their tour guide.this place is a MUST!
Written January 18, 2020
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Lola006
London113 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Went twice but both times waste of a journey. Wanted to go to the restaurant but on our first visit arrived at 4.15 pm but they refused to serve us ( the information we had was it closed at 5 pm) and the second time they told us that the lift was out of order and no we could not use their other lift but must climb 1000 + steps. we did not stay.
Written February 21, 2020
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Paulo Faria
Brussels, Belgium75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I recommend visiting and taking the audio guide included. With this you can listen to a plethora of musical instruments. It contains a lot of history and it separates by each region/country of origin of the instruments.

It is not the cheapest museum and the restaurant is fine but also not so cheap. But for music lovers is it a nice experience.

The building outside is also marvelous. I really like art déco and English of the turning of XIX century.
Written August 1, 2020
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leon_perel
Niagara-on-the-Lake6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I have seen many towns on the 5 continents. Brussels is one of the places where time has never stood still and changes have always been subtle. There is a lot of harmony, old and new images and the Belgian simplicity and "Joie de vivre".
Written December 14, 2020
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Zara H
York, UK34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
The first room had little flow, and little interpretation. They provided audio guides to listen to the instruments but often the numbers didn’t corroborate to the instruments, and it was difficult to tell when purchasing tickets if you needed to pay for “earphones” to get the guides or not. We paid for 1 between the two of us but both got given a guide so still unclear.
The second floor room was much more interesting and had better interpretation and more flow, but we had started flagging by that point, so would recommend you go up stairs first.
There was also a small section of African musical instruments. It seemed like most of these were from the Congo, and given both Belgiums chequered history with the country, and the anti- colonial strides much of Western Europe is trying to take, I’d have liked to have seen that section framed in slightly less of the tone of a racist Victorian explorer taking about the bizarre instruments of the natives.
Written February 21, 2023
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me550
ireland53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Wonderful collection of instruments and the sound samples were really well done, it allowed you to spend more time with each instrument. I was disappointed that none of the instruments could be played. The Berlin music museum has allowed visitors to play some of the instruments and given that they are there to be played I think MIM should consider doing the same, even if its just a few of the pianos
Written April 17, 2022
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Thank you for your comment. We are taking note of it. Best regards
Written May 6, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Istvan S
Brussels, Belgium116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
A fantastic collection of musical instruments, enough for several days of intellectual absorption. With an audio guide, you can listen to a selection of the displayed instruments. And the icing on the cake is the beautiful Art Nouveau building of the museum. Nonetheless, it is a pity that the museum decided to pass up most of the opportunities the 21st century ITC revolution offers to a modern museum. Also, music and musical instruments are an integral part of the culture of a community. An important avenue left completely unexplored. Worse, displaying an instrument which shows a scenery of brutal torturing of women without any commentary is just unacceptable to me. Frankly, I personally would just remove this item from the part of the collection that is displayed.
Written November 2, 2022
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Dear Istvan, many thanks for your interesting and constructive feedback. We'd like to give some explanation about the negative points you're mentioning. First of all, our state-of-the-art multimedia guide provides info about the instruments on display through audio, text and video. Sometimes panels also provide extra text and pictures. We don't want to overload our visitors with too much info. Meanwhile the multimedia guide often offers more detailed description. Secondly, the instrument on display where you can see women being treated very cruelly is a street organ with moving figures, served to provide popular entertainment at markets and on squares. During the 19th century, dentists offered their services in public spaces, and it was thought that the notably loud sound of the instrument would drown the bellowing of patients. However the patients that are depicted are indeed solely women. So yes, we entirely agree with you that this 19th century perception is not of our time anymore. This information can also be found in the multimedia guide as well as in our visitor's guide and during our guided tours. Best regards
Written November 23, 2022
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