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You have the possibility to order the publications by sending an email to You can also buy it in the Museumshop at the Art & History Museum, from Tuesday to Sunday. The admission to the museumshop is free.

Alive! The story of Estonian folk instruments, Risto Lehiste, Tallin, 2017, 64 p.
Available at the museumshop (quadrilingual edition in French, Dutch, English and Estonian) - € 10
The Golden Age of Flemish Harpsichord Making
The Golden Age of Flemish Harpsichord Making: a Study of the MIM's Ruckers Instruments, Pascale Vandervellen, Bruxelles, 2017, 420 p.
Among the great names in the history of harpsichord making, that of the Ruckers is probably the most famous. This dynasty of makers, represented by four generations active in Antwerp between c.1580 and c.1680, exerted a predominant influence in Western Europe. Their harpsichords and virginals, synonyms of extraordinary workmanship, acquired a tremendous reputation that extended beyond European borders and lasted until well after their active period. The envy they inspired was such that it gave rise to large-scale counterfeiting, probably the most significant in the field of instrument making up to then. The MIM owns eighteen instruments considered at the time of their acquisition to be made in the Ruckers workshop. Given the considerable patrimonial interest of this collection, a project centred on its conservation, study, restoration and enhancement was set up. The book sums up this fascinating research and sheds new light on this outstanding heritage. This survey is directed by Pascale Vandervellen, curator of the stringed keyboard instruments of the mim.

This book won the Nicholas Bessaraboff price in 2019, issued by the American Musical Instrument Society!

Available in English - € 59 in the museumshop
Le pianoforte dans les provinces belges
Le pianoforte dans les provinces belges, Renaissance du livre, 2014, 248 pages
Research by Pascale Vandervellen, PhD in musicology, on fortepiano making in the Belgian regions

Out of stock - only French edition available at the museumshop - € 35
Sax200, Editions du Perron, 2014, 134 p.
An outstanding inventor, talented craftsman and excellent musician, Adolphe Sax began making wind instruments following the footsteps of his father, Charles-Joseph Sax. In his workshop, he improved many instruments, and patented their innovative design. Inspired by the initial successes, he launched into the creation of new instruments, which he named after himself: saxhorns, saxotrombas and saxtubas were to enjoy great success. But his most original masterpiece was undoubtedly the saxophone, which he developed in a complete range, from sopranino to sub-bass.

Under the guidance of the curator of the SAX200 exhibition, Géry Dumoulin, the four chapters of this richly illustrated catalogue tell the story of the remarkable inventor. The reader will learn all about Sax, his inventions, his business and his private life. Various lesser-known aspects of his creative activity, such as the medical instruments he devised are treated as well.

Available in the museumshop - € 25
50 instruments insolites
50 master pieces, Renaissance du livre, 2014, 128 p.
This book reveals the instruments of the MIM that have most intrigued our visitors. Through short texts - sometimes anecdotal - and magnificently illustrated you get a glimpse of the treasures the museum holds.

Available in the museumshop - € 15
Unusual sounds (CD)
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Brusselse cahiers bruxellois - XLV Promenades musicales - Muzikale wandelingen, Archives de la Ville de Bruxelles, 2013, 432 p.
Available at the museumshop (trilingual edition French, Dutch and English) - € 22,50
Thematic brochures : MIM's collections, Renaissance du livre, 2013, 12x26 p.
Available at the museumshop (trilingual edition French, Dutch and English) - € 8 per book
Harpsichord Couchet - Bob van Asperen (CD)
The Joannes Couchet harpsichord, Antwerp, 1646, is an exceptionally beautiful instrument: beautiful to look at, but above all beautiful to hear. The great master Bob van Asperen agreed to make a recording so as to immortalize its magnificent sound - and so that the harpsichord can be left in peace.

Available in the museumshop - € 13
Orfeo son io, Brussels, 2008, 230 p.
Available at the museumshop (trilingual edition French, Dutch and English) - € 22
Jazz in little Belgium
Jazz in Little Belgium, Brussels 2004, MIM, 144 p.
2002: the King Baudouin Foundation buys the prestigious Robert Pernet collection, a treasure for every jazz lover in the flat country. The collection was then transferred to the MIM, where it is still being held. But far from being a simple repository, the collection launched a real dynamic.

After a CD (now out of print), an exhibition, there is the book tracing the history of jazz in Belgium! From the minstrels shows at the beginning of the century to Toots, you will know everything about what made Belgium dance until the 1970s.

Available at the museumshop - € 12,50
Transilvania Erdély Siebenbürgen - a musical diary, Wim Bosmans, Brussels, 2004, 16 p.
Out of stock