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Musical Instrument Museum

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Address: 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Phone Number: +1 480-478-6000
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Description: The World's Only Global Musical Instrument Museum. Home of the MIM Music...
The World's Only Global Musical Instrument Museum. Home of the MIM Music Theater--a 300-seat acoustically superb performance space--as well as the award-winning Café Allegro (open 11 am - 2 pm daily) and the MIM Museum Store. The average guest spends nearly four hours at MIM. Please allow plenty of time to fully enjoy MIM's galleries and exhibits. Open daily, 9 am - 5 pm; Closed Thanksgiving; Open Christmas, 11 am - 5 pm. General Admission: $20; Teens (ages 13-19): $15; Children (ages 4-12): $10; Children 3 and under: Free. Hours and prices are subject to change.
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Who knew a music museum could be so interesting?

We had friends in town last year that didn't know each other, and one isn't a museum type. But it was hot and we needed something to do. I am so glad I thought of the musical... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We had friends in town last year that didn't know each other, and one isn't a museum type. But it was hot and we needed something to do. I am so glad I thought of the musical instrument museum because everyone had a great time. There is recorded music to listen to; live concerts; instruments to play; and lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The admission fee of $20 is a bit high, especially if there are several going. However, I think it is worth it, and I'm not a musical person at all. Some negatives - The seating benches (all of which the staff could rearrange) are poorly placed. some galleries had none, some small ones had several. I would have liked to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The first 2-3 times I visited, I toured the museum and totally loved it. Many people who have not been there think, "musical instruments. How that a museum be based on instruments and be interesting". If you feel like that, go anyway. It is beautiful, interactive,educational and fun. The last 5-7 times I have visited, it has been for evening... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We were looking for something to do with only one day in Phoenix. This museum is incredible! Instruments from all over the world are on display without glass cases in the way. In addition each visitor gets headphones and you can listen to the various instruments being played. We are both musicians but non-musicians will find the museum interesting. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We are music lovers and really enjoyed learning about ethnic music from around the world. The cafeteria is so-so, so pack a lunch if you can.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Excellent way to spend a day! This is a must see museum that blows away both the Country Music and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This museum features musical instruments from all over the world, from primitive basic music sources to sophisticated instruments. Displays of instruments used in every country around the world are brought to life on... More 

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Southaven, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

World class museum. Exhibits are expertly displayed and signed. The audio/video guide was a first for me, though it didn't always work perfectly. I was impressed nonetheless. I'm a budget traveler and this is one of the most expensive museums I've ever been in. Worth it? Just about.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Love this museum. The headphones are great. As you wander from country the music changes in your ears. The staff is super helpful. Take a drive out to north Phoenix and find this gem

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Went here recently to see Diane Schuur in concert and was really impressed with the venue. The acoustics were perfect and there was not a bad seat in the place. Plan on returning soon to see the actual museum and go to the cafe which has been highly recommended.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I was amazed to see the different musical instruments from all over the world and over time at this museum. The exhibits are arranged by areas and the headphones play music with the specific instruments as you approach the exhibit. I am not musical although I enjoy music. This place was fascinating to me and so big I need to... More 

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