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Museum of Musical Instruments

Local name: Musée des Instruments de Musique

The museum occupies a beautiful glazed building - the original Art Nouveau department store from 1899 and the neoclassical building adjacent to it - formerly Hôtel de Spangen. The facility is considered one of the most important museums of this type in the world. His collections include over 8,000 instruments. The museum's biggest attractions include prototypes of instruments by Adolphe Sax - the Belgian inventor of the saxophone.

The exhibits are collected on four floors and have been divided into two parts - the first includes early and modern music, the second folk and pop. You can see instruments from all over the world and from many different cultures. During the tour, thanks to the received headphones, passing by the displayed instruments you can hear their sounds.

The beginnings of the museum collection date back to the 19th century, when the Belgian state bought 80 historic and exotic instruments, and in 1876 King Leopold II donated a museum of 97 Hindu instruments, which he received as a gift from Maharaja. Next to the facility there is a library and a specialist shop. At the very top of the building there is a restaurant with a terrace with a beautiful view of Brussels.


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    Rue Montagne de la Cour 21000 Brussels , Belgium