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. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Brussels itinerary 2 days.
- 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.
- 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
- 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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76.99% of people who visit Brussels include Musical Instrument Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
44.66% of people start their Musical Instrument Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
2 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Musical Instrument Museum
77.12% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Musical Instrument Museum
Such a novel idea for a museum. I really enjoyed exploring all of the different levels and learning a lot about so many new instruments, I'd never even heard of. I don't normally go for an audio guide, but here it is an absolute must as it allows you to listen to excerpts played on the instruments that you see. Only problem I had was that a lot of the information boards on the lower levels of the museum don't have any English on them so I felt like I was missing out on some information! The building itself is gorgeous and the views from the top floor are quite spectacular!
Cannot recommend this museum highly enough, I want to visit again! Amazing, huge collection of instruments from all over the world and spanning hundreds of years. The piano collection is particularly impressive. Get the audio guide for €2 so you can hear sound samples of many of the instruments being exhibited. There is also a cafe on the top floor with wonderful views over Brussels.
This is a museum on about 10 floors but only the first 4 or 5 floors have displays. However, there is a lot to see! We had limited time so did not get an audio guide but I think you need this really so you can hear how the various instruments sound. So, the museum was good. However, in the cafe on the top floor, we were not so impressed. We'd gone up really to see the view but thought we would have a coffee as well. They showed us to a table where we waited a while then they came to take our order. It then turned out that we had to move to another area if we just wanted coffee. We did this, where a waited rather brusquely pointed to a table. A large group of about 12 then came in and the waiter started to take their order first. So, it was clear we were going to be there for quite some time. We left.
Come up to enjoy the top of Brussels. Prices are rather high but the food looks and tastes great. The view is amazing. Take into consideration there is some sun and there might me a strong wind. Not too many veg options even in the buffet. The staff is rather busy so come for an all in experience of good food good view and a nice time.
Really nice experience. Great exhibitions, the audio guide really worths it, it let you listen to recordings of the different instruments. It doesn't really offer context and most of the information is not in English so some of the things were more difficult to understand. They offer a substantial discount for students.