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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
Type: Museums
Owner description: The World's Only Global Musical Instrument Museum Home of the MIM Music Theater--a 299-seat acoustically superb performance space--as well as the... more » Owner description: The World's Only Global Musical Instrument Museum Home of the MIM Music Theater--a 299-seat acoustically superb performance space--as well as the award-winning Cafe Allegro (open 11 A.M.-2 P.M. 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 Monday through Saturday, 9 A.M.-5 P.M. Open Sunday, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Closed Thanksgiving. Open Christmas, 11 A.M.-5 P.M. General Admission: $18.00 Teens (ages 13-19): $14 Children (ages 4-12): $10 Children 3 and under: Free Hours and prices are subject to change. « less
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Chandler, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The MIM has to be the best museum centered around music in the United States. All genres, all countries, even hands-on activities for the children. One can spend an entire day at the MIM!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is my 2nd trip to this museum and this time, I just concentrated on USA and Europe. At the end of 4-5 hours, my mind was humming with all the great sounds and we then ate a gourmet meal at the Museum Cafe. Two trips would probably let you hear and see everything there without over-doing the music in... More

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PHOENIX
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the MIM and were greatly impressed with the vast instrument collection. The museum is well organized and aesthetically pleasing. It would take days to read and listen to the entire collection so plan your time accordingly. Headphones are provided to listen to videos of how the instruments are played. We observed a number of families with very young... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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12 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to spend an afternoon. Allow yourself plenty of time like hours. They have a cafe and an outdoor area to sit and rest. The instruments and history are definitely something you have not seen. There is a special area that changes often so check the website for specialty exhibits. The most recent I saw was... More

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San Francisco, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My local host took me to the Museum Cafe for lunch and we stayed for the exhbits. The building is an architectural treasure. The organization of instruments according to genre. country and instrument gives an historical perspective. MIM had something I had never experienced: The audio system is so high tech,,,no buttons to push. As you near a video, you... More

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We were there for 5 hrs and easily could have stayed longer. Well-curated collection of musical instruments from practically every country in the world. Wireless head sets allow you to hear and learn as you walk up to the exhibits without bothering other visitors. Famous musicians' and their instruments are also on display. Good lunch at the Cafe! Wish we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

MIM displays more than 6,000 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories. Most displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that allow guests to see the instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original contexts—performances that are often as spectacular as the instruments themselves. What’s more, all guests are invited... More

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Bay Village, Ohio
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Wow, this museum was well worth the visit! A huge musical instrument collection! We only had a few hours for our visit and we only saw the African and mechanical instrument collection. While waiting for the Dutch organ to play, we were able to browse the Artist collection room. Plan to have lunch at museum too! Cafe is very good!

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Durango
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

As a string instrument musician, I could spend days in here. An absolutely wonderful museum. Very spendy, but worth it to me. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in musical instruments.

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

An excellent place to view so many common and unusual instruments as well as learning about them and hearing their sounds. Free concerts are also available. And sometimes one is privileged to hear such artists as Roger Williams who preformed throughout one whole day. Don't miss this incredible museum.

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