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Musée des Instruments de Musique, Brussels

2 Rue de la Montagne de la Cour
Belgium 1000
Tel: 32 2 545 0130's insider take:

Known as MIM, the Musical Instrument Museum would be worth seeing even if it were empty, since it's housed in the beautiful Art Nouveau former Old England department store—and its top-floor restaurant is pretty nice, too. But the four floors of 1,500-odd instruments, complete with infrared headphones that allow you to listen as you gaze, happen to be irresistible. Don't miss the prototypes of an invention by that indispensable Belgian Adolphe Sax: the saxophone.

Closed Mondays.

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