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Musical Instrument Museum

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Neighborhood: Desert Ridge
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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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5 Stars is not enough!!

I have been to the MIM often as well as the theater and always seem to forget to write something nice about it. Perhaps that living in the area we get spoiled with the ability to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

I have been to the MIM often as well as the theater and always seem to forget to write something nice about it. Perhaps that living in the area we get spoiled with the ability to go at anytime. The museum is so fascinating that as often as I go back I find something new to learn, see or enjoy.... More 

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Westerville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

While I was already aware that this museum had been receiving an overall 5-star rating, it still managed to exceed my expectations. Their huge collection of artifacts and relevant history is presented with a very cleanly organized and uncluttered approach. The music videos are superb, and I was especially delighted by the ability to visit any exhibit in whatever order... More 

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Visited this museum last year and found that I ran out of time to do the entire museum in a day! There were many hand on areas for those interested in trying any musical instrument. the one that fascinated me was trying the harp. Great collection of instruments along with their history.

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Owen Sound, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Excellent. Only had half a day to spare, otherwise would have stayed longer. It's a trip around the world - and through history. Visitors receive headphones and receiver. Each exhibit has video. As you get close you are automatically connected.

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Kelowna, Canada
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66 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Located at the northern end of the 101 loop, this museum was a bit of a distance from where we were staying. We decided to stop off en route to visit friends. We should have allowed more time at the museum as it is truly fascinating. We started in the European section...and barely made it to the North American section... More 

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Austin, Texas
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Amazing audio/visual tour of instruments and music from all over the world, set up geographically. Also interesting displays on music icons. Extremely helpful staff. Though might seem expensive, Food at cafeteria of excellent taste and portion size, and gets very busy at prime lunch hours.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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38 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This museum is superb. The cafe food #1, and the chef uses heritage varieties of grains including Red Fife wheat. The volunteers and staff are well trained and professional. Take a tour with a volunteer if you can. Really opens your eyes to the world of instruments and how we are connected through music.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We visited this museum with friends in February 2015. It's a fabulous new facility, and the collection of instruments and the accompanying video displays were mind-boggling. Free headphones let you hear each audio for the videos automatically, with no tuning or selection necessary. The Artist's hall is devoted to particular musicians and singers, mostly American and British. When we walked... More 

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Edmonton, AB Canada
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143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

You can get a 2 day entry pass and once you've been there you understand why. It would take two days to do the place justice. I loved the gallery of instruments that you can play with. Haven't you ever wanted to strum a harp or have at it on the drums? The "star" displays were wonderful too with instruments,... More 

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Very much enjoyed this place! Unbelievable collection of instruments, assorted equipment. Focused on every different region of the world.

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