Musical Instruments Museum
When they opened in the late 19th century, the luxurious Old England shops acquired a great reputation thanks to their very special grand building. Considered a jewel of Art Nouveau for its main entrance, the rest of the building looks in perfect harmony with the neo-classical style complex of Place Royale... a stone’s throw away from the Grand-Place and Gare Centrale! It was in this architectural gem of Mont des Arts that the mim took up residence in June 2000.
The museum’s reputation is owed, above all, to the extraordinary collections there. With its wealth of some 8,000 instruments, today the mim is an internationally renowned instrumental museum. On entering, you’re given a real musical world tour. Through some 1,200 exhibits, you’ll learn everything there is to know about the instruments and their history. From violas de gamba (bass viols) of the Court of Brussels to 20th-century theremin, via the Africa kora! And, above all, don’t miss our section dedicated to the instruments of Adolphe Sax.
The mim is, of course, a place that has to be experienced... in music. A system of infrared headphones enables everyone to explore the themed tours whilst listening to the melodious sound of the instruments on show. No problems with translation here; as we all know, music is a universal language. So, welcome to the mim. Just wait and see what you’re going to hear!