Explore a vast array of Instruments from music cultures from around the world in the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Brussels, Belgium.

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The Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels, showcase a wide variety of Saxophones created by the Belgian Instrument maker Adolphe Sax.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is located in central Brussels, Belgium.  It is known for it’s wide selection of musical instruments from all over the World.

The MIM collection began in 1877. Formerly it was housed in a very small building, where it was only possible to see a few instruments at a time. The present building was opened in 2000; it currently has over 1500 instruments on display.

Once a department store, this building known as ‘Old England’ is a striking showpiece of Art Nouveau architecture located by the Palace Royale and is made up of glass and iron. The building was created by Belgian architect Paul Saintenoy.

The main reason we payed a visit to MIM was to see the original Saxophones created by Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax.  This is essential for any music enthusiast who wants to dive into Belgian’s musical history past. Although this is one of the main centrepieces in the museum, MIM has so much to offer in terms of musicality, diversity, culturally, sonically and worldly sounds.

The Instrument collection spreads across four floors.  Each floor showcases different styles of musical instruments.  Every visitor is provided with infrared headphones, this enables the visitor to listen to a recording of the instruments on display and get a feel from it’s sound, original cultural setting and background.  Other floors include a research library, gift shop and a open workstation from Thomas Meuwissen, Belgium Instrument maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos. The top floor has a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of Brussels.

Scroll down below If you want to have a look at some of the vintage and classic Instruments on display in MIM:


Musical Instrument Museum, Two tickets.

Basement
'Mechanical Instruments'
The IPEM Studio, 1962. Polyfonium, Tape. 1975. Lucien Goethais.

The IPEM Studio, 1962. Polyfonium, For Tape. 1975. Composed by Belgium Composer Lucien Goethais.

Theremin.

Theremin, 1930.

Bell from the Church of Zoutleeuw, 16th Century.

Bell from the Church of Zoutleeuw, 16th Century.

Bell from the Church of Zoutleeuw, 16th Century.

Bell from the Church of Zoutleeuw, 16th Century.

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Berliner Phonograph, USA, 1900. Edison Phonograph, USA, 1900.

Ground Floor
'Traditional Instruments'
Tibetan Ritual Orchestra Instruments. Monastery of Phyang, Ladakh, India.

Tibetan Ritual Orchestra Instruments. Monastery of Phyang, Ladakh, India.

Sitar, Noord. Northern India, 1963.

Sitar, Noord. Northern India, 1963.

Hochet (Rattle), Mexico. Guiro, Mexico and Mexican Maracas, 1987.

Hochet (Rattle), Mexico. Guiro, Mexico and Mexican Maracas, 1987.

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Muchosa, Pilgrims’ March, Jean-Pierre Van Hees Arc, Belgium.

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Zither, Mengenhauer & Oscar Schmidt, Berlin, Germany, 1925 – 1930.

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Tremolo Sextet Harmonica, Mazurka, Bruges, West – Vlaanderen.

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Drimba, Ukraine, 2000.

Capra and doba, Romanian Tradition of song and dance.

Capra and doba, Romanian Tradition of song and dance.

First Floor
'The Development of Modern Orchestra Instruments'
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The Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels, display a wide variety of Saxophones created by Belgian Instrument maker Adolphe Sax.

Alto and Tenor Saxophones, Adolphe Sax.

Alto and Tenor Saxophone, 1863, Adolphe Sax.

Second Floor
'Strings and Keyboards'
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Quotation: Antoine Lavoisier.

Organ, Germany.

Organ, Germany.

Soprano Melodic, Horner, Germany. 1960 - 1970.

Soprano Melodica, Horner, Germany, 1960 – 1970.

Musicwriter, USA.

Musicwriter, USA.

 Fourth Floor
'Thomas Meuwissen' 

- Workshop - 

Belgium Instrument maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos'
Thomas Meuwissen, Belgium Instrument maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos. Workshop at MIM, Brussels, Belgium.

Thomas Meuwissen, Belgium Instrument maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos. Workshop at MIM, Brussels, Belgium.

"Veni, Vidi, Vici"
Musical Instrument bought from the MIM Gift shop :)

Musical Instrument bought from the MIM Gift shop 🙂

Musical Instrument Museum MIM logo

~ MIM ~
Address and Website below:
~ mim ~
Musical Instruments Museum
Montagne de la Cour 2
B-1000 Brussels
www.mim.be/en

 

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2 thoughts on “Explore a vast array of Instruments from music cultures from around the world in the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Brussels, Belgium.”

  1. Lisa Marie says:

    Beautiful art nouveau.❤

    And the Sax commentary of the day from Mr Hughes was kinda alright too😉

    I can still hear the Theremin. That was very cool.

    Next time, we must take a sketchbook! I shall sketch each of your photographs/ instruments finds.

    Have you tried the Drimba?! What shenanigans.😉

    • Yeah, Loved it. Aww Fantastic instruments on display from many different time periods, cultures, styles, old & modern. Let’s not forget Adolphe Sax instruments also. Drimba? Yeah, I’ve had a go, let’s just say practise makes perfect 🙂 ha. Great idea with the sketching! 🙂 x

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