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Musical Instrument Museum

4725 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050 (Desert Ridge)
+1 480-478-6000
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Ranked #1 of 128 attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Traveler Description: The World's Only Global Musical Instrument Museum Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. "Friday Night Unwind... more »
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Phoenix
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I'm not much into musical instruments, but the museum was entertaining even so. Think of any topic that doesn't really interest you, and imagine what kind of display COULD make it interesting -- the M.I.M. has done just that. You could easily spend half a day just listening to the audio clips on the earphones. (My favorite is the exhibit... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We weren't sure taking 7 year old and 3 year old girls to the museum was going to be a great idea but it was a fantastic visit. The girls enjoyed the room where they could play a variety of instruments. They also loved the second floor with the displays from around the world. The headsets that play automatically as... More

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Woodridge, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Our only visit to a museum dedicated solely to musical instruments from around the world. It was most impressive and well worth the time spent. Beautiful building divided by continents and within each by country. Thousands of instruments of various sizes, ages and construction. Each country exhibit includes a flat screen showing the instruments being played...get the individual carry along... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

There is enough to keep you interested for hours. Skip the special exhibitions as the women in rock was $7 per person and was basically costumes. Focus on the instruments in the permanent exhibit. Kids will enjoy the experience room and trying out the instruments including a nickelodeon. Cafe food was good. Very interesting for young and old.

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Urbana, IL
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79 reviews 79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Headphones are included and almost every exhibit shows movie clips and music, instruments from multiple centuries and every continent including many instruments and countries I had never heard of! There is an interactive exhibit where you can try playing several instruments. Free parking.

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

An amazing, engrossing experience that must be experienced to be believed. This museum had a vast collection of musical instruments from all over the world. In addition I was given a pair of headphones, which reflected the Monitor that I walked in front of. There was room after room of Monitors with videos of famous musicians, different genres of music... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

You are given a headset which allows you to hear the sounds that each instrument in an exhibit makes. You are in a world of your own, no over-anxious docent going on and on. You control what you want to hear. As soon as you've heard enough, you walk away from the spot that transmits sounds to your headset. John... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The MIM was a surprise to me. What I expected to see when I went the first time was an older small building repurposed as a museum of some unique guitars, banjos, etc. from some popular entertainers--kind of like a Hardrock Café without the food. What it really is, is a beautiful modern building built to house someone's grand ambition... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

this is a pretty cool place. Initially I kinda rolled my ideas at the thought of this place, but once there, I had a hard time leaving. There are many cool exhibits showing the history of music and lots of historical photos, instruments, etc, etc. There are a LOT of hands on activities too,which I really enjoyed playing around with... More

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New York City, New York
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Very unique museum at the north end of Phoenix. Instruments from all over the world, but they are brought to life with fascinating video clips and an audio phone which wirelessly picks up the signal as you go through the exhibit. It's amazing in the breadth and depth. Interesting concerts and demonstrations (check website). An "experience room" allows kids to... More

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