A Snowy Day With MIM – The Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels

By - November 28, 2005 (Updated: May 30, 2016)

In an effort to do more cultural and mind expanding things in Belgium, we visited the Musical Instrument Museum on Saturday.

The restaurant is located in the dome on top.
MIM in the Old England building

I had ulterior motives.

The museum is housed in my favorite building in Brussels, the Old England building, and I wanted to see it from the inside.

I wasn’t disappointed. The architecture inside was as stunning as out.

Our first stop was the restaurant on the top floor where we had a lovely lunch. The view of Brussels is quite good and on a sunny summer day I’m sure the patio is gorgeous.

The museum itself is on 4 floors. The collection is extensive. There are instruments from around the world and beautiful specimens of pieces made in Belgium itself.

The most interesting aspect however, is the audio guide which is included with your entry fee.

Drew in the restaurant.

At different points throughout the museum, as you stand in front of the exhibits, your headset plays a short piece preformed on the instrument you are viewing. It’s a lovely way to bring the instruments to life.

The museum is laid out well and uses the unique architecture to its advantage. It doesn’t take so long to go through that you are sick of it by the end.

All in all it was a fun and different way to spend a cold, wet afternoon.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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