Musical Instrument Museum (Brussels)

Brussels, Belgium

Musical Instrument Museum (Brussels)


The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) (French: Musée des instruments de musique, Dutch: Muziekinstrumentenmuseum) is a music museum in central Brussels, Belgium. It is part of the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH) and internationally renowned for its collection of over 8,000 instruments.

The MIM collection was created in 1877 and was originally attached to the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with the purpose of demonstrating early instruments to students. It consisted of a hundred Indian instruments given to King Leopold II of Belgium by Rajah Sourindro Mohun Tagore in 1876, as well as the collection of the celebrated Belgian musicologist François-Joseph Fétis, purchased by the Belgian government in 1872, and put on deposit in the Conservatory, where Fétis was the first director.

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