Das Musikinstrumentenmuseum (ndl.: Muziekinstrumentenmuseum, frz.: Musée des instruments de musique, abgekürzt mim) ist eine Abteilung der Königlichen Museen für Kunst und Geschichte in Brüssel. Es ging 1877 aus dem Königlichen Konservatorium Brüssel hervor und liegt am Kunstberg in der Nähe des Königlichen Palasts.
A quick stop before going to Grand Place. This Museum features musical instruments from the old ages. Its architectural design is also comparable to those eccentric buildings in Brussels. They feature a lot of different instruments from the old ones to the modern ones. There are some exhibits from a specific country from time to time. If you want to eat after your visit at the Museum at the restaurant at the 6th floor you have to and your visit at around 4 so that you still have an hour to stay in the restaurant which closes at 5pm. Audio guides available which will help you listen to the sound of the specific instrument you're looking at.
brilliant museum in the Old England building- beautiful art deco building with a great collection of musical instruments. Worth getting the audio guide as it has musical samples of most of the musical instruments so you can hear what they sound like for an extra couple of euros. I wouldn't bother with the cafe/restaurant on the top floor though. Go up there to see the view and then go to the coffee shop around the corner. tried to sit down for coffee only to be told by waiter that tables were for restaurant only and told to sit other side of the restaurant. Went to sit on the other side of the restaurant and were again told again, restaurant only and we needed to sit back on the other side of the restaurant. we then gave up! as i say, its worth heading up to the terrace at the restaurant to take photos of the view, you aren't obligated to buy anything to do that.
Favorite museum in Brussels. Absolutely do the audio your so that you can listen to the various impressive instruments they have on display. If you're an English only speaker many of the plaques are still mostly only in French or Dutch maybe, I'm not 100% sure but it isn't English. Still managed to spend several hours there just walking around listening to the audio.
It is very interesting and looks nice inside. Your visit can easily become a 2 hour tour. There are a lot of instruments you have never seen or heard from. I found it a no-go that the audio guides cost extra since there is not much to hear from the instruments when you don't have the audio guide device.
This was a very interesting museum. I absolutely loved it. The audio guide is so helpful, I recommend everyone get it. You can hear all the different instruments. It was so interesting to see how far back and where the instruments originated from.
Dull and sterile 10 floors, but 5 of the 10 are empty or closed. Another floor is a restaurant with a good view - the only redeeming feature of the museum. One floor is a gift shop. The remaining floors offered sterile museum exhibits showing instruments behind glass cases. Perhaps this would have been better if the audio tour was working, but it wasn't available. There was an "instrument petting zoo" in a small crammed area, with 3 instruments. Thanks it was free today. However Line stretched out the door to get in. We waited 30 minutes. Most definitely not worth it.
Only a fleeting visit. Wonderful piece of architecture. Be sure to take the charming elevator to the restaurant at the top and admire the views from the terrace. Take the staircase down and take in the exhibits.
One of my favourite museums. Fantastic Art Neuveau building. It's staged across 4 floors, I think and has musical instruments from across the world. Get the headphones guide and listen to recordings of many of the instruments as you go round. It would be nice if they could set trails through the museum allowing to follow the development of various instruments, also using recordings of the same tune so you can get an idea of the instruments musical evolution. It was amazing seeing the instruments developed by Saxe, including the saxophone. Truly a famous Belgian! I liked the keyboard gallery, but they could have done more with the modern instruments like the electric guitars and recording equipment. There is a rooftop restaurant, which we didn't use, just took in the views. All in all, a great place to visit.
Lots of different instruments from many different times and places. Not many signs putting the instruments in context, so got boring after a while. Audio guide with the sounds some of the instruments made was great, and worth the extra cost. Most signs in Dutch and French, few in English. Amazing view from the restaurant at the top.
A must visit in Brussels. An expansive range of instruments, well curated and displayed. Good café on top floor with views of the city ( you do not need to buy to view)
Located on several floors and useful for kids. The museum is made more interesting by the audioguides, but you have to pay extra for those. Everything is clean and taken care of.
Excellent buffet and range of healthier high quality options. Served with a glass of bubbles too! Would recommend!
Most interesting museum I have ever been to. When you go into museum it feels like you are traveling back in time. It's possible to see musical instruments that are older than 400 years old. There is even a floor dedicated to only traditional ones. Furthermore, you can even listen some of this instruments from audio guide for which you have to pay 2 euros. Definitely worth to visit!
The musical instrument museum is a magic place for those like me love music, they have a collection of over 8000 of instruments from every part of the world. Each floor has its concept with a category of instruments.... The entrance is charged, the ticket worth every single penny... There is an Audio device, which is charged separately that play the sound of the instruments. The structure of the museum is very good and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Some interesting instruments in a beautiful building. I would suggest getting the audioguide as you can then hear how the instruments sound. I thought a lot more could be done with the museum, such as adding video, more interactive activities that engage the visitors with the instruments more than the just looking at them. Still worth a visit if you are an instrument fan.
Very interesting museum. The audio guide is a must have (2 euros) and contains records of the instruments. The visit could be even more interesting if there would have more explanations.
Interesting collections of many musical instruments housed in what had been an attractive department store. Our experience may have been improved if the instruments had been organised to tell a story. Our experience almost certainly should have been improved if we had used an audio guide.