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Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

4,017 Reviews

Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

4,017 Reviews
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Renee Woo wrote a review Aug 2020
Toronto, Canada47 contributions42 helpful votes
A friend who had recently visited Brussels recommended this museum to me and it did not disappoint! There were a lot of different kinds of instruments from different places and time periods, each with their own story and sound. You are given an audio guide where you can listen to the music that each instrument makes. There is so much to see and hear. My favourite part was a room full of intricately designed and coloured pianos and I think this museum is well worth the visit whether you play instruments or not.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Paulo Faria wrote a review Aug 2020
Brussels, Belgium81 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Peacelover2016 wrote a review Mar 2020
Eastbourne, United Kingdom62 contributions52 helpful votes
Full of weird and wonderful - as well as more conventional but historically signficant - musical instruments, this museum is not to be missed by anyone with any interest in music. It's housed in a lovely Art Deco (or is it Art Nouveau? I'm never sure which is which!) building, including a rooftop restaurant with extensive views over the city. On my first visit (last year) I declined the audio guide, but during the visit I discovered that it was the way to hear what the instruments sounded like. This time, therefore, I took the audio guide, but found it a bit disappointing. The museum's choice of which instruments to include seemed haphazard and arbitrary, and it was clear that many of the musical pieces were not played by the actual instrument on display. Furthermore, some of the pieces played were by groups of instruments, not solely by the particular instrument on display, and it was sometimes difficult to distinguish that instrument in the ensemble. Finally, some of the captions on the audio handset directly contradicted the information in the display cabinet. On my first visit, having expected to stay a couple of hours, I found I had spent almost the whole day there, it was so fascinating. On this second visit, the disappointing audio guide led me to want to leave shortly after lunchtime.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Margaret A wrote a review Mar 2020
Toulouse, France70 contributions17 helpful votes
This is a superb museum. It is in a gorgeous building and the displays are excellent. We spent two and a half hours and could have done more if we had had the time. The commentary (including in English) and the arrangement of the instruments makes understanding the history and technical issues very easy. We've been to other museums with musical instruments in the US and France and this is the best yet. The placement of the instruments allows easy comparisons and there are many very unusual variations of common musical instruments. There are instruments from many countries and the exhibits have some of the earliest instruments ever found.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Stuart R wrote a review Mar 2020
Ottawa, Canada127 contributions32 helpful votes
Thorough enjoyed two hours here but should have organized more time. It is very extensive. The audio guide is nice with music of most instruments. More signage about unusual instruments would have been useful
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Date of experience: March 2020
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