Museum of Musical Instruments Brussels
Affectionately shortened to MIM, the Museum of Musical Instruments (Musée des Instruments de Musique or Muziekinstrumentenmuseum), like the Centre of Comic Strip Art is also located within an art nouveau style building called the “Old England” formerly a warehouse. A beautiful glass elevator and excellent patio café can be enjoyed at the beginning or the end of your visit.
This museum uses modern technology to give visitors a true audio experience that is second to none. Rather than simply reading about the instruments you can listen to short pieces of most of the instruments. How does a dulcimer sound like? Or the African drums? What about the Jewish harp? You can experience it all here with headphones that are included with the price of the ticket. Music is wirelessly transmitted to the headphones when you stand on the numbered spots on the floor.
With over 7000 pieces, this museum houses one of the largest collections of musical instruments in the world, from all over the world. The first floor starts off with salon room music, music boxes small and large, which were normally reserved for the rich households. There is also the beginnings of musical history with displays of accordions (the poor man’s piano) and some dulcimers (domestic instruments). The second floor is dedicated to musical history from all over the world, Africa, Asia, Europe and Pacific. The displays show that music has been with us since the beginning of civilization. The last floor is called “Strings and Keyboards” showcases the guitar, violin and piano.
Explanations of the instruments are available in French or Dutch in the display cases but other languages such as German, Spanish and English can be read from the coloured cards in a box to the left as you enter each floor.
The museum shop is on the third floor. Here you can purchase CDs, books and souvenirs of the museum. On each floor is a space for performances, dances and gatherings which are available for rent.
Open Tuesday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm; Saturday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Adults…€5; students, seniors and foreign teachers…€4; children under 12…free
Group discounts are available.
Location in Brussels
The Musical Instruments Museum is situated close to the Royal Palace and Royale area, where you will also find the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the BELvue Museum and the Magritte Museum. It is apart of the Mont des Arts group of museums. Metro stops: Centrale or Parc, Tram stops: 92 or 94
Museum of Musical Instruments
Rue Montagne de la Cour 2