Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), Phoenix, Arizona

4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, Arizona 85050

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Address: 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, Arizona 85050

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Phone: 480-478-6000
Hours: Mon-Wed, Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Thu-Fri 9 am - 9 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm More Info
Price: Adults (18-64): $15, Seniors (65+): $13 , Youths (6-17): $10, Children 5 and under: free

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Submitted by: Caro K.

If you're not already obsessed and knowledgeable about instruments, the MIM can be overwhelming. An exhaustive collection of instruments are arranged by country  but bear few remarks to guide you or to further your understanding about regional sounds and rhythms. The collection is awe-inspiring, but there are many missed opportunities in terms of laying out a narrative about the use of the instruments or the making of the instruments. The hands-off, catalog feel is fortunately counterbalanced by the Experience Room, where you will bang on drums and zithers like a kid. I definitely think you should check out the museum, but be ready to focus for a long stretch of time and with little information to guide you....

Submitted by: Addie S.

I so agree with Barbara F.  this museum really did nothing for me.  But with that said I am glad I went.  I think everyone needs to see the variety of instruments.  I think it is really repetitive but still interesting for the first 30 mi...

Submitted by: Hylary L.

What a fun and interesting museum! On our visit to Phoenix my husband (a music teacher/music fanatic) insisted we stop here. I was skeptical at first, but ended up having a good time at the museum (even though it paled in comparison to my husband's absolute awe.) Even for people who are simply music enthusiasts and wouldn't fancy themselves experts in any way, this museum has a lot to offer. The instruments are very interesting and presented in a way that appeals to a wide audience. The listening stations really add to the experience as well. I was surprised with how much I learned, and even more surprised that four hours went by without me really noticing. I'm not sure, however, if this musueum is really ap...

Submitted by: Rose L.

I knew nothing about this place until my bf said a guy he works with downtown mentioned it.  Sadly, we got there at 4 PM and they closed at 5PM.  We went anyway, as we were leaving town the next day.  I wish we would have had about two more hours.   When you pay, you receive a set of headphones and a volume control.  Put them on.  As you wander around and look at exhibits, you will hear music samples and see the video on the screen by the exhibit.   What I like:  this is really a comprehensive museum, and it took a load of planning and work to put it together.  Someone had a definite plan. How it works:   Pick your continent and enter the room.  You will find it broken down into countries.  For each country,...

Submitted by: Andrew F.

No pun intended, but this place ROCKS! This is not your average museum. This is all about musical instruments from all over the world. Upon entering the buildings grounds, you'll notice how modern this place is. Upon paying inside (Free if you carry a BofA Debit card) you are given a listening device that picks up a remote signal at each country's display so you can hear the music that is produced by those who play them. Each viewing area has video to show you the people who play these devices. It's amazing to see the craftsmanship and thought that went into so many of these devices. This is a walking museum, so wear comfortable shoes. Also, if you have small children, please let them know that since the ins...

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