The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix turns up the volume on a one of a kind musical experience. With more than 7,000 instruments on display from around the world, MIM truly can pique the interest of musicians, non-musicians and children of all ages.
Each visitor is given a headset to wear during a visit. When coming upon a “hot spot,” the displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that allow guests to gain a knowledge and get a deep look into the history of musical instruments. Visitors will hear the sounds, see the instruments being played and much more through spectacular performances.
One of the most popular places in this modern museum is the Experience Gallery, where guests can experience playing instruments from around the world.
Memorabilia is also a part of the museum, including items and instruments from favorites like Clara Rockmore, Maroon 5, Johnny Cash, Elvis and many others.
The museum has an orientation gallery on the first floor, and on the second floor guests can visit different regions of the world with big-band jazz ensembles, a mariachi band, the complete orchestra of a Chinese opera and many others. On certain days, an orientation tour is included in the price of admission. Visit mim.org for days and times of the tours.
A variety of galleries focus on five main geographic locations: the U.S./Canada, Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America. They include subgalleries that offer a musical journey through the region.
Another of the most popular exhibits is one that displays the world’s largest playable sousaphone, located in the U.S./Canada gallery. The bell, which is huge, is expertly engraved with ornamental details. The evolution of instruments portrayed in this museum is amazing, from the animal skin stretched over a gourd to today’s amazing electronic sounds.
MIM is the world’s only global musical instrument museum. It offers a 300-seat performance space with superb acoustics and a schedule of concerts and events throughout the year. If the opportunity is available during your visit, attend a concert — it is a phenomenal acoustical experience.
Café Allegro, MIM’s award winning café, offers lunch and snacks. The menu includes regional dishes, soups, salads, specialty grilled items and desserts. Vegetarian, vegan, international and kid-friendly options are available.
It is suggested to allow more than three hours to gain a good experience at the museum; many visitors take longer. It is a musical experience, not just a museum.
MIM is recognized as one of the top 20 museums in the United States and is the No. 1-rated attraction in Phoenix voted by TripAdvisor reviews. This musical stop is well worth making time for on your visit this sunny Arizona city.