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 to pay the MIM a visit is 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:
'The Development of Modern Orchestra Instruments'
'Strings and Keyboards'
'Thomas Meuwissen' - Workshop - Belgium Instrument maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos'
"Veni, Vidi, Vici"
~ MIM ~ Address and Website below:
~ mim ~ Musical Instruments Museum Montagne de la Cour 2 B-1000 Brussels