The MIM

I want to try to visit at least one museum every week until I have gone through all museums I want to see. This week I went to The MIM (The Musical Instruments Museum), which gives a nice view from the rooftop in addition to showing a lot of old and newer musical instruments. To get to the museum, I first had to go through Warandepark / Parc de Bruxelles. It looked very different without the biofood stalls and massive crowds. I got a chance to take a proper look at the odd sculptures in the park. I’m not sure whether they were there for a week or these are a part of a permanent art collection in the park.

The Brussels sprout in the front is decorated with newspapers, the silver one looks like a hot air balloon… there were also colourful waffles and fries etc. (If you end up in Brussels, it’s better not to say French fries. Belgians are very proud of being the real inventors of fries and referring to the French on that topic might not end well. Nasty little fries-stealing Frenchies! Just frieten or frites is a safer option.) Anyway, after I had walked through the park, I got a nice view of the royal palace. The king doesn’t actually live there though and during summer months visitors are allowed to take a peek in the palace.

At Koningsplein / Place Royale I got a lovely dramatic view with old buildings and cloudy sky. That square is basically museum centre, nearly all houses around and near it contain a museum of some sorts.

The Musical Instruments Museum was right across the square, so I found the entrance, gave my coat and umbrella away (umbrella is basic equipment when visiting / living in Brussels), got a music machine for the visit and was ready to explore the museum. Of course touching any instrument was forbidden, so the problem of curiosity (“Oo, what sound does this instrument make?”) was solved by the mysterious machine. As soon as you got close to something, it showed the instrument on the screen and played a short clip of someone playing it.

Normally it would play music through headphones, but the ones I got with mine were a bit broken, so the machine either used its own speakers or only played music to my right ear. But that was a minor issue, so I didn’t go back to change my machine for a new one. I’m no musical expert, so I’ll just show a few photos of some interesting instruments I saw. If someone is more knowledgeable, feel free to share what you know in the comments section!

There were also some rather strange instruments like a barrel organ with scary-looking dolls. I had forgotten I had taken that photo and might have scared the kids with it a little bit when showing them my photos from the museum. I hope they don’t remember that photo anymore.

The rooftop offered a very nice view and you could also sit at a table there to enjoy food in the museum restaurant. I skipped that since I had spent a lot of money already and eating at home was a lot cheaper, but I did enjoy taking photos from there.

When I was on my way home after seeing everything in the museum, I noticed a random pencil graffiti. Again. I think I’ll start counting the pencils I see in Brussels and taking photos of all of them, they intrigue me for some reason.

Also, the poster on this photo reminded me that I haven’t eaten Brussels sprouts in ages. I should look up a good recipe and make dinner with them next week. Perhaps a nice soup. Or oven potatoes and steamed Brussels sprouts with sauce. I’ll have to think about it. And now I made myself hungry, so I’ll go and raid the kitchen. Au revoir!

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