1 of the most beautiful Art Deco houses in Brussels is the home of the Museum of Musical Instruments.
Its remarkable collection was started in 1872, and has developed into 1 of the most exceptional collections of musical instruments of all time.
It's pretty easy to figure out which building is the Musical Instrument Museum. It is a black builidng with "Old English" written on it, along with musical notes all over it. Inside there are 5 floors that have examples covering a wide range of musical instruments in history, from ancient instruments to modern synthesizers. The most impressive collections are pianos and wind instruments from the 17th through 19th centuries. Also, the part of the museum that shows the mechanisms of many of the instruments is very interesting.
The tour can take as long as you'd like it to be. It all depends on your interest level. For someone who only has a passive interest on the history of musical instruments, this museums was still worth it. I don't know if it's an everyday occurance, but in addition to the museums, our enterance tickets allowed us to see a musical performance.
There is a student discount, so bring your ID.
This must be best museum in Brussels, and maybe one of the best in Europe.
Thanks to the headphones you can get a rich overview of the history of music. Just approach some of the rare musical instruments, and you will hear a piece of music played with that particular instrument.
Furthermore, the exhibition is located in one of the most beautiful monuments in Brussels, a former Art Nouveau warehouse.
Don't forget to go up and enjoy a coffee on the terrace for some breathtaking views
Certainly don't miss the MIM (Music Instrument Museum).
It shows you a nice and wide collection of instruments.
When you enter you get a headphone that operates on infra-red.
The moment you catch a signal standing in front of an instrument, you will hear the music of that instrument.
I loved the first floor with all the 'popular' and 'folk' instruments!
I am also very proud about the huge collection of beautiful Antwerp clavecimbels.
I remember when I was about 15 we visited this museum when it was still on another location and the guides played on those instruments! It was just great!
My favourite museum in town. For a start, the building is lovely, but the museum itself is wonderful. It opened in its new form only a few years ago and can now show the whole collection that has existed for more than a century. You walk around with your own headsets listening to many of them through infrared sensoring. You soon figure out where to stand for the headset to work and can then listen to an array of instruments. My favourites are the huge Tibetan trumpets looking like didgeridoos and the Bavarian trumpets with gemstones galore. I also enjoyed the odd instruments created by Belgian Adolphe Sax - inventor of the saxophone. There are also fascinating Russian clarinets with serpent heads, Balkan bagpipes where you see every bit used of the sheep, wooden instruments with wonderful soft curves and amazingly painted early pianos and similar. Go there! :-) When you've seen it all, you can visit the top floor restaurant and cafe with great city views.
Step into the world of the creation of musical instruments. You will open your ears and eyes.
On top of that I recommand you to take a break at the 6th floor on the terras where you have a magnificent view of Brussels.
Opening hours are from 10:00 - 17:00.
See you there!
Formally an up-market clothes store, the Old England building, preserved because of its exclusive art nouveau style, now hosts the Museum of Musical Instruments and has become a major Brussels landmark. It displays famous virginals and harpsichords of the Antwerp school, as well as original instruments manufactured by Adolphe Sax, the Belgian inventor of the saxophone.
Unfortunately I did not have enough time to see the interior of this interesting building. From outside it looks very nice and contain, as my friend who lives in Brussels told me, more than 7000 musical instruments from all over the world.
Musical Instrument Museum
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
rue Montagne de la Cour 2
B-1000 Bruxelles (Belgium)
Tél. : + 32 (0)2 / 545.01.30 Fax : + 32 (0)2 / 545.01.78
The MIM is a federal museum and is a part of the Royal Museum of art and History.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Note : Tickets are sold until 30 minutes before closing time .
Mondays and on 1st January, 1st May, 1st and 11th November, 25th December.
Entrance (audio-guide included). .
Adults 5,00 €
Reductions (reductions cannot be combined):
Students (- de 26 ans)
Seniors (+ de 65 ans)
Groups (min. 15 people, without guided tour). 3,50 €
Unemployed, disabled persons, School groups and youth groups (min. 15 people, without guided tour) 2,00 €
Belgian teachers, Children (under 12 years), Friends of the MIM and of the MRAH, press, SSTC, Icom, Per Musea. Free
The first wednesday afternoon (from 1:00 pm onwards) of the month (permanent collections only). Free
Information and reservations
Public relations : 32-2/545.01.54
Rental services : +32-2 / 741.73.48
Educational service (guided tours, courses, workshops) : 32-2 / 545.01.53
Cultural service (concerts) : 32-2 / 545.01.53
Library : 32-2 / 545.01.70
Shop : 32-2 / 545.01.62
Restaurant : 32-2 / 502.95.08
- Metro : lines 1A ou 1B, stops Central Station or Park
- Tram : lines 92, 93, 94, stop Royale
- Bus : lines 20, 38, 60, 71, 95, 96, stop Royale
- Car : paying underground car park Congrès-Albertine, (entrances in the Place de la Justice or the Rue des Sols).
We are musical lovers, but I don't think you have to be a buff to really enjoy this museum. It houses a collection of ancient and rare instruments from all over the world. See how modern day instruments changed through time to become what they are today! Very interesting museum!!
The Musical Instrumen Museum is housed in the Old England building. You can find it when climbing the "Mont des Arts" (see previous tip), on your left. The building is one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings of Brussels and dates back to 1899.
The museum itself has a beautifull collection of ancient, modern and traditional music. Thanks to headphones, you are able to actually hear the different sounds of the instruments.
It is worth the detour
you walk around and see old instruments and you can hear the music it can do in your headsets
First wednesay of each month all the state museums are free!
The architecture is one of Horta's nice works.
The Musical Instrument Museum is well worth a visit. It stocks a huge range of instruments from all eras, from across the world.
When you enter you are given
infra-red headphones, and through these you can hear the sounds of the different instruments playing as you stand near each exhibition - very clever.
The building it is housed in is pretty impressive too.
Closed on : Mondays and on 1st January, 1st May, 1st and 11th November, 25th December
I highly recommend this museum. Not only for the very rich collection of musical instruments, but also for the wonderful "Art Nouveau" building that houses the museum. Don't forget to have a drink (a tasty Belgian beer for example !) on top where the sight is fabulous. It really worths it !
(5,00 € adults)
Très beau musée et bien intéresent. Il faut aller le voir.
Avec les enfants c'est une belle découverte.
Very nice and instructive museum. You must go there.
I loved it.