The Mim's 140th anniversary
February 1st, 1877 is considered as the official birthday of the Musical Instruments Museum. That same day the organologist and wind instruments maker Victor-Charles Mahillon (1841-1924) was nominated by royal decree as curator of the Musée instrumental du Conservatoire royal de musique de Bruxelles. The following year the museum opened its doors to the public in the Rue aux Laines 11, but only on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m.
The initial collection consisted of 172 instruments, mainly from the private collection of François-Joseph Fétis (1784-1871), the first director of the Conservatory, and from a collection of 98 Indian instruments which King Leopold II had received as gift from Radja Sourindro Mohun Tagore in 1876.