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“Disappointing”

MIM - Musical Instruments Museum
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$32.26*
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The Brussels Card with Optional STIB Public...
Ranked #22 of 406 things to do in Brussels
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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.
Reviewed July 19, 2013

I was left a little disappointed by this museum, popped in as it was open earlier than the Magritte but despite the clever audio system that played the instruments sound when you walked by it through your headphones there was lacking an interaction or explanation of the instruments. Though if you head to the very top you will get in my opinion the best view of the city!

Thank aajsmh1
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I really enjoyed the visit (although we had to rush as it was about to close). As you approach an instrument, you can listen to the sound of it with the headphones provided with your ticket. Most instrument were really old, but perfectly preserved. Some were bizarre and unique, real pieces of art.

Thank Karina C
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Loved it! An Art Nouveau building (originally a department store called Old England) which now houses a huge number of musical instruments, many of which you can hear, as the ticket comes with a listening gadget.
I went in the afternoon, and was too late for the cafe on the top floor, with terrace overlooking the city. I'll have to go again so that I can sit and sip and admire the view.

Thank Luminaria42
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

The art noveau building of the museum has gorgeous facade. Most of all I loved listening to all the exotic instruments in the world collection, some of it just beautiful music, some curious thing to hear. Two other floors are dedicated to European instruments, and accordingly to classical music. The restaurant on top is rather basic.

Thank Inga_K_K
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

I love this building, it's so gorgeous. There's a large collection of various musical instruments, covering several floors. Unfortunately you can't really touch any of them, which is always a shame for a tactile person like myself, but they are beautiful to look at an obviously very well preserved. There's a great audio tour, allowing you to hear the instruments as well. We were planning to have a bite at the restaurant on the roof, but the staff looked so unfriendly we changed our minds.

Thank MickeyBinOz
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