Musical Instrument Museum, Brussels
About Musical Instrument Museum, Brussels
Musical Instrument Museum, Brussels - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Ticket Price: 8 EUR
Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
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Starting with a modest donation of a hundred Indian musical instruments by a Rajah in 1876 that was combined with the collection of Belgian musicologist Fetis, the museum over the last century has managed to accumulate 8000 instruments of the finest variety, covering practically every culture and age of the world. It’s the most comprehensive museum of its kind in the world, and one of Brussels’ foremost attractions. The layout of the museum is designed as Mechanical instruments in the basement, traditional instruments on the ground floor, orchestral instruments on the first floor and string and keyboard instruments on the second floor.
Upon visiting you’ll be given infrared earphones that’ll let you listen to the music of these instruments as you wander around the museum. Fascinating, deeply informative and a pure sensory delight, this museum is a must visit. If you need added motivation, there’s an excellent restaurant on top with panoramic views of Brussels.
Musical Instrument Museum Information
- Congres-Albertine underground car park (paying) if you’re driving.
- For disabled visitors, two specially designated parking places can be found in front of the museum entrance.
- A music only audio guide is available for free.
- You must leave coats and large bags in the cloakroom (free).
- Check out the quirky little travel shop.
Musical Instrument Museum Ticket Prices
- Given prices are for adults.
- Adults (26-64): 8 Euro
- Seniors (65+), Adults (19-25) and Adults (26-64) for minimum 15 people: 6 Euro
- Children (4-18), disabled and unemployed: 2 Euro
- Children (0-3), 1st Wednesday of each month after 1 pm: Free
How To reach Musical Instrument Museum by Public Transport
- Central Station is 200 metres away from the museum.
- By Metro: lines 1 & 5, stations Gare Centrale or Parc.
- By Tram: lines 92 & 94, stop Royale.
- By Bus: lines 27, 38, 71 & 95, stop Royale.
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Musical Instrument Museum, Brussels Reviews - Write a Review
Worth the visit! Great variety of instruments I had never seen before. And the audio guide that lets you hear the instruments really brings them alive. Wait for the end of October/'17 to go, though, because they are currently updating the system, and there is an actual person walking around with visitors during the day with a sound system to let them hear the instruments. It's nice, but kind of awkward. Just wait for the new audio guides to be ready, if you can.
Incredible collection of music instruments, well organized and worth to visit. The price was okay. On the top you’ve an amazing view over Brussels. But no audioguides available. The cloakroom is for free. The museum is nice, but in all way too dark. Some of the pieces you could almost not see because a lot of spotlights didn’t worked. Photos almost not possible to make. Beside that it was quite nice.
As a musician, I was struck with awe at the range of instruments present at this museum. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio clips that you can play in front of each exhibit on the handheld device which the museum provides along with headphones. The exhibits were beautiful to look at, especially the various century old pianos. What I missed was having some exhibits which you could touch and feel and perhaps play too, but I guess that's asking for too much. The souvenir store has some good merchandise including some basic toy instruments that you can pick up (flutes, xylophones etc.). Would recommend this to anyone with an inclination towards playing music.
There is a wide range of instruments, from traditional instruments to more modern instruments like the theremin. Also some rare instruments are displayed, like a flute made of crystal. Still, I was missing some instruments. You get a device with headphones which can play recordings of almost all instruments. However, not a lot of information is provided. In short, it is a good place to see a lot of instruments, but I did not learn a lot about them. I think the museum also provides guided tours. I would seriously recommend taking a tour like that, since I think a lot more information is provided that way.
The museum is amazing There are 2 main halls; one for keyboards and it's progression. And development through history and the other hall for all other instruments. There are instruments that goes to 500 years old. You can hear some of them during the guided tour which is not guided😑. They told is at the front desk that there will be a guided tour but the guide was only holding the speaker that played the Music of different instruments and did not know about any of them and was not happy to receive questions. Otherwise I will strongly advise you to go and read about different kinds of keyboards including the newest one which is called (continuum fingerboard). There are few instruments that it will be the first time in your life to see it. I personally learned the difference between different types of instruments that actually looks similar..
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