Since 11 January 1992 the Musical Instruments Museum (now known as the 'mim') has been part of the Royal Museums of Art and History. It's divided into two sections: firstly, the early music section and secondly, the section of modern music (19th and 20th centuries), and popular and traditional music.
Details about this tour
At the very beginning of the Brussels Musical Instruments Museum's creation two collections of instruments were joined together.
One belonged to the celebrated Belgian musicologist Franois-Joseph Ftis (1784-1871), was bought by the Belgian government in 1872 and put on deposit in the Conservatory where Ftis was the first director. The other was offered to King Leopold II in 1876 by the Rajah Sourindro Mohun Tagore (1840-1914) and comprises about a hundred Indian instruments.
With these two original collections, the mim was already remarkably rich for its time. But its first curator, Victor-Charles Mahillon (1841-1924) was considerably to augment its collections, thus placing it among the finest in the world.
At his death in 1924, the mim counted some 3666 articles, among which 3177 were original musical instruments. A collector and maker of wind instruments and a noted acoustics expert, Mahillon performed his job with an enthusiasm, competence and dynamism that exceeded any of the expectations that his purely honorary title might have aroused.
Thanks to his activity and connections, the museum rapidly gained international fame, not only for the quantitative importance of its collections but also for their diversity, and for the quality and rarity of the items brought together.
- Entry/Admission - Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Tickets sales end 45 minutes prior to museum closing
The mim restaurant is freely accessible but follows the opening hours of the museum
Free access for children and adolescents between 0 and 18 years of age
The cloakroom is obligatory and free of charge. You must leave your coat and large bags in the cloakroom before entering the galleries. This is to ensure your comfort and safety during your visit, and also that of your fellow visitors and the instruments. The museum is equipped with a climate control system. Security staff decides which items must be left behind.
Suitcases and large backpacks will not be accepted in the cloakrooms. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience this might cause.
Taking pictures in the galleries is allowed but only without flash
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers