Musical Instruments Museum Brussels

In the heart of Brussels, capital of Belgium, not far away from the Royal Palace and from the Central Railway Station, The Musical Instruments Museum also called MIM is located.

Queen Mathilde of Belgium showed on 31 March 2020, the MIM to the first Lady of China - Peng Liyuan - when she and her husband were on an official State Visit in Brussels.

So, I thought this must be a very special place. To be honest, we passed this quirky building a lot during our stays in Brussels. However, I finally had the chance to visit the MIM in 2021, and I was very happy with this.

The museum is located in an amazing Art Nouveau building designed by architect Paul Saintenoy in 1899. The Art Nouveau style can be compared a bit with the Jugendstil. The style was most popular between 1890 and 1910 during the Belle Époque.

MIM has a collection of 8.000 musical instruments. It shows 1.200 of them across 4 galleries. For me the most interesting parts were the history of music and the historical instruments.

Historical piano
PHOTOGRAPH BY Kathleen Van Lierop

Although the galleries inside were a bit dark, this marked the special atmosphere.

Musical instruments depicted in painting
PHOTOGRAPH BY Kathleen Van Lierop

Of course I liked the museum shop too 😊

Amazing ornate staircase and elevator
PHOTOGRAPH BY Kathleen Van Lierop

Practical information

The MIM is open every day except on Monday. The last entry is at 4.30pm. On their website you can find more practical things such as the price of the tickets.



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Kathleen Van Lierop

Kathleen Van Lierop (born in 1979) is married and lives in Belgium. She is an avid traveler and a real museum lover. She likes books / (royal) history, culture and tourism. She has two blogs: and My Crazy Life Full With Books