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“The best museum experience ever!”

MIM - Musical Instruments Museum
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$29.25*
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Ranked #5 of 410 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 November 22, 2013

You can't leave Bruxelles without visiting this museum.
Ten floors of music: there are so many instruments and you can learn how each one sounds thanks to the headphones staff provides you. So much to learn!
An advice: you need two hours at least to visit it. That could seem too much but it's not boring at all, no matter if you are a music lover or just curios about. I am a musician and I felt like I stepped into a world of dreams!

Thank Damaridis
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

This museum is in the vicinity of the Royal Palace. The outside of the museum looks like a store, so look for "MIM" in gold letters over the entrance once you get to the address.

The building seems small, but each floor has endless displays of musical instruments. Using a headset, you stand in a certain spot and listen to the music of the instrument you're facing. It's very relaxing, and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

I took 50 pictures inside the museum [no flash] and put them in a photo book along with my pictures of Brussels, Bruges & Ghent. It's those pages that I look at most when I want to remember my 9-night vacation in Brussels last summer.

My sole criticism is that I almost didn't realize that each floor of the museum has exhibits. They probably have to keep the doors closed (with low lighting) to preserve the instruments, but with the doors closed on each floor, you think you're not supposed to enter.

The museum has an ornate staircase (another photo!), an elevator, a classy gift shop (look for the tree ornaments) and clean restroom facilities.

Thank PatriciaRick
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

A very user friendly introduction to the musical instruments of the world. An audio guide made for dummies that plays automatically when one is in the area of the instrument. No buttons to press! Quiet because everyone is listening to audio guides. Beautiful building.

Thank PortiaDaisy
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

The first floor is amazing. The audio guide provides a great experience. There are good views from the floors between the exhibition and the top floor cafe and it is quieter.

Thank 2agpleanail
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

A nice two hour stay, unless you are a musician or devoted music listener, then probably good for half day or so. Could be neat to try some intsruments.

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