June 20th 2012

lMIM ticket

If you happen to be visiting Brussels (an excellent place despite what they tell us on Top Gear) I highly recommend a trip to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). The stunningly beautiful Art Nouveau building in which it's housed used to be a very posh department store back in the 1920s - undoubtedly the Harrods of its day.  The museum's five floors are home to just about every kind of musical instrument imaginable, from the earliest flutes and percussion to some fairly bizarre mechanical keyboard concoctions, and even some relatively recent electronic instruments. One of the museum's innovations is a wireless headphone system - just walk up to an instrument, and recorded examples begin to play automatically.  It's also quite sobering to see things in a museum that I used to own - including one that I still do!


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