Frequently Asked Questions

No. You will be given a free ticket for entry to the restaurant and you'll be able to go straight upstairs.

We accept most major debit and credit cards, though not American Express.

Yes, you can. Contact the hire department for the possibilities and conditions. We suggest you arrange an appointment before coming to the mim to look round. Telephone +32 2 741 73 48 or click here.

The restaurant is run as a franchise.  To make a reservation, telephone +32 2 502 95 08 or go to their website.

The mim doesn't have a booking system for concerts. You need to come to the ticket office to buy concert tickets. These can be purchased in advance. However, quite a number of concerts are organized by external partners, such as the 'Concerts de Midi' . In most cases you can book through them. See the concert details for booking information.

Yes, you can. But currently only in French and Dutch.

There are two possibilities: either contact Wim Verhulst (telephone +32 2 545 01 51), the concert organizer to discuss cooperation, or ask the hire department (telephone +32 2 741 73 48) about the conditions relating to the exclusive hire of the concert hall.

No. Items in the collection never leave the mim to be played. The only time they leave the mim is as loans to, for example, museums for exhibitions. We suggest you look in the 'Musical Instruments - Hire' section of the Yellow Pages. There is a separate section for pianos.

About 9,000. Of these 1,121 are on display in the galleries. Check out our online catalogue via

We suggest you try out the following online databases : Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen (for pop and classical music), Muziekmozaïek (for folk and jazz), Centre Belge d'Action Interculturelle (for world music). You can also contact the Maison des musiques.

They are kept in an air-conditioned store with lighting control.

Only very occasionally. This scientific institution's mission is primarily to conserve its patrimony for later generations and use of the instruments in an artistic context would be at odds with that mission.

The mim is not allowed to value instruments, but we can tell you if we would be interested should you consider gifting it or selling it to the mim.

Contact the relevant specialist via the 'contact' page. In the first instance, he or she will consider whether or not your proposal would add substantially to our already very extensive collection. The case is then discussed in a scientific meeting. Where a gift or sale is agreed, an official contract is drawn up. Please note that the mim never guarantees to put items on show.

Contact the relevant specialist via the 'contact' page.

Contact the relevant specialist via the 'contact' page.

Though we do have some reproduction equipment, this is not the mim's speciality. Moreover, at the moment there is nobody in charge of that collection. Send a message to the general info contact.

This is unlikely but send details anyway. Go to 'general information'.

For photographs, contact Anja Van Lerberghe and for sound recordings Matthieu Thonon. The mim does not have a video archive.

Yes we do. Please reach the bookshop.

For specific makers you would do best to contact the relevant specialist via the 'contact' page.


On average 125,000 people visit the museum every year. This figure has remained constant for ten years with fluctuations of up to 10%. Group visits, especially from schools, make up some 15% of the total number of visitors. If we add to this the on average 115,000 people who only visit the restaurant (for refreshments or just to enjoy the view), then every year some 240,000 people come into the mim.

Typically the mim attracts better educated adults aged between 25 and 65, often in couples or small groups. The age group tends to be younger at 'nocturnes' and special events.

According to the ongoing surveys carried out by the Observatoire public des établissements scientifiques fédéreaux / Publieksobservatorium van de Wetenschappelijke Instellingen, which researches and analyzes museum statistics, 54% choose French, 34% English and 12% Dutch. A staggering 72% of visitors to the mim are foreigners; consequently, the percentage of return visitors is low (13%). Most of the Belgians come from the Brussels Region (48%), most of the foreigners from France (28%), UK (13%), the Netherlands (7%), the USA, Germany, Spain and Italy (each approx. 6%).

The mim is a federal scientific institution, 4th department of the Royal Museums of Art and History. The Royal Museums of Art and History is one of the group of four large federal museums, along with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, the Royal Museum for Central Africa and the Fine Arts Museum.

84. Only 3 of them are public officers employed on a permanent basis and 81 are contractual workers.