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MIM - Musical Instruments Museum
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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.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

This museum is a world reference in the subject and has the largest collection of instruments in the world with over than 1000 itens on display. It was indicated by the hotel Concierge and was well worth it.

Visited September 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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“great displays, do good tours”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

I went a couple of times as a kit and they have a really nice collection. They do great group deals and give nice tours, which might even allow you to try some of the instruments. Furthermore, the whole building is really gorgeous and located right between Place Royale and Mont des Arts, from where you get a nice view onto central Bruxelles and the Grand Place.

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Houston, Texas
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“Sounds Great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

It was a rainy day so we were looking for something inside. I read the reviews and thought this sounded like a great place to spend the afternoon. We were very pleased. The variety of instruments and the range in time period was outstanding. We really enjoyed the ability to listen to the instruments through the headset. Tip of the Trip - Bring your own earphones and they will plug into the headset letting you hear better sound and keep the headset around your neck or in an easier position as you go through the museum.

Visited October 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Amazing experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

Highly recommend this museum, even if you're not a music freak (I'm not and I thoroughly enjoyed it!) We went on the first Wednesday of October after 1pm, which meant it was FREE, and it wasn't very crowded, so it was enjoyable. They give you a headset with an ipod touch-type device, and whenever you step near an instrument display, it will recognize what instrument it is and start playing music played by that particular instrument in your ear~ The only bad thing is the descriptions are in Dutch and French only, so we didn't understand the origins of the pieces.

But if the interactive experience is not enough for you, some of the instruments were visually stunning, especially the pianos with intricate artwork.....

Totally worth the visit and is one of the most memorable museums I've been to :)

Visited October 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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“Must see, may be te best musical museum in Europe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

This museum is one of those sights i can't praise enough.
I am a musician, but stepping into this building put me back to the days i first encountered the beauty, mystery and possibilities i music and instruments as a child. We spent 4 hours here and still felt like staying, just got too hungry and physically couldnt take more, but or brains were full on. You get these infrared headphones that tune onto the instruments the nearest to your body so that basically you will hear every instrument that you observe. Fantastic recordings! I was dying to buy the cds afterwards.
If you habe any sweet spot in your heart for music you must see this!!!

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