Museum of Musical Instruments

On Friday afternoon, I went to the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels. The museum had hundreds of instruments including strings, percussion, brass and even synthesizers. The collection included a wide range of instruments made over the course of hundreds of years. The age range gave a good indication of the evolution of particular instruments over time.

Here Amy checks out a collection of flutes in the museum. Many instruments were unknown to me, such as the double flutes here.

Here a museum patron listens to an example of piano music near the collection of pianos. With entry into the museum patrons receive headphones that are location-sensitive. When standing near an accordion, accordion music plays. It was pretty clever.
The museum was fun, but even if it hadn’t been, I didn’t pay to get in. Journalists in Brussels get free access to museums, so I presented my European Commission press pass to the ticket desk and received free entry. So awesome.
I saw this sign in the museum’s bathroom. I think it’s a reminder to pick up your hat from the ground. Just in case.

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