SAX200 exhibition

Approximately 168.000 people visited the SAX200 exhibit. This temporary exhibit closed its doors on Sunday, 11 January 2015.

In 2014 it will be 200 years since that Great Belgian Adolphe Sax (November 6th 1814 - February 7th 1894) was born in Dinant. This exceptional anniversary is the pretext for an exceptional exhibition at the Musical Instruments Museum. We are emptying the fourth floor of the mim to make way for the ultimate, year-long Sax exhibition.

The main themes of SAX200 are 'Sax, the inventor', 'Sax, the entrepreneur', 'Sax himself' and 'Sax after Sax'. Besides telling you everything - and we mean everything - about the saxophone, the exhibition will also cover his other inventions (saxhorns, saxotrombas and even medical instruments!) as well as his commercial vicissitudes and eventful private life. The exhibition curator is scientific assistant Géry Dumoulin.

The mim is pulling out all the stops for SAX200. Our own collection of Sax instruments, the largest in the world in public ownership, will be on display in its entirety, but there will also be loans from museums and private collections in Paris, New York, Basel, Edinburgh, Leipzig, London, Amsterdam, Vermillion, Ann Arbor and Bad Säckingen. Many of these instruments have never been on public show before.

The SAX200 exhibition will be accompanied by a packed programme of concerts, guided tours, promotional activities, events and special after-hours viewings.


reservations for groups are open: call +32 2 545 01 53
tickets (including the rest of the mim): €12 - €9 - €2