The Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM) is one of Brussels’ best. Housed in a beautiful old Art Nouveau building that originally belonged to the department store “Old England”, just off the Place Royale, MIM is home to one of the world’s best collections of musical instruments. The museum’s architecture is an attraction in itself and one of the museum’s floors is devoted to the history of the building.
However, what makes the museum one of the top of its kind is its collection. For the EUR 5 entrance, you get a pair of headphones that are activated when you approach the instruments in the museum. Within a certain range from each of the instruments, you will hear a short piece of music played with that instrument, so you won’t just see, but also hear.
This is a must-see in Brussels. Allow about two hours for a leisurely, complete visit. And if you need a break, you can always go to the cafe/terrace on the top floor, which is said to have one of the best views in Brussels (however, since the terrace is often closed due to bad weather, that’s not always true…)
The museum is open Tu-Fri 9h30-17h00 and Sat-Sun 10h00 to 17h00. Tickets are sold only up to 45 minutes before closing. Best option is to go on weekends by buying the Mont des Arts pass, which for EUR 11 allows you to visit a number of museums in the area and on some Sundays even listen to a concert.