Something to see, visit and enjoy in Brussels and Belgium; this week : Musical Instruments Museum
Since 11 January 1992 the Musical Instruments Museum (now known as the ‘mim’) has been part of the Royal Museums of Art and History as Department IV. By royal decree, the State has recognised the scientific character of its activities and provided it with two sections: firstly, the early music section and secondly, the section of modern music (19th and 20th centuries), and popular and traditional music.
But the original creation of the Brussels Musical Instruments Museum dates from 1 February 1877, when it was attached to the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory with the didactic purpose of showing early instruments to the students.
Since 2000, the museum has been located in the former Old England department store, built in 1899 by Paul Saintenoy out of girded steel and glass in the art nouveau style as well as an 18th-century neo-classic building designed by Barnabé Guimard. Located at Rue Montagne de la Cour/Hofberg 2 on the Mont des Arts/Kunstberg, the museum sits next to Place Royale/Koningsplein and in front of the Magritte Museum.
Museum opening hours
Tuesday – Friday: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and on holidays: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, also on 1 January, 1 May, 1 and 11 November, 25 December
Tickets sales end 45 minutes prior to museum closing.
Musical Instruments Museum
Montagne de la Cour 2