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“Great Art Nouveau building”

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.
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“Great Art Nouveau building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Nothing much to see inside but great views and a wonderful looking cafe/restaurant at the top. No musical insrtruments on view but a nice shop devoted to things musical

Visited March 2013
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“Go and spend a few hours....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Great museum with complimentary audio headphones so that you can hear how exhibited instruments sound. Comprehensive display and information, who knew that bagpipes were around Europe before Scotland(?). Worth the entry fee. Make sure you go to the top of the building where you can take photos high above Brussels and eat at the restaurant. If the weather permits sit at the rooftop part of the restaurant to feel that you are on top of he world, well at least Brussels.

Visited March 2013
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“What a find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stumbled across this by accident and as it was free Thursday (first Thursday of the month) went in for a look. I have never seen so many musical instruments and variants. Five levels of a history that I had not previously explored. And view from the restaurant on the roof - magic!

Visited January 2013
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“best of belgium DO NOT MISS THIS”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

wow this is an amazing museum. It really opened up my mind to music and history and creativity and culture. You do not need to be a music expert or musician to enjoy this place. It was my favorite museum on this trip and I went to four or five museums in Brussels. The sounds were amazing. thank you

Visited March 2013
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“So much to see here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

We visited here on the recommendation of family who are in the music business..they raved about it. I found myself in musical overload and feel that it might have been better to go two or three times and do a bit each time, there is so much to see here, Nice little coffee shop with good views

Visited August 2012
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