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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 94 Attractions in Phoenix
Type: Museums
Owner description: The World's Only Global Musical Instrument Museum. Home of the MIM Music Theater--a 300-seat...
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Type: Museums
Owner description: 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 Cafe 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 Monday through Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm; Open Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm; Closed Thanksgiving; Open Christmas, 11 am - 5 pm. General Admission: $18; Teens (ages 13-19): $14; Children (ages 4-12): $10; Children 3 and under: Free. Hours and prices are subject to change.
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Wickenburg, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This modern historical museum was built at just the right historical point (2010). The technology is available for you to go from exhibit to exhibit and hear in your earphones the music and story depicted in each video, exactly when you are in front of the screen in the exhibit. We are at a distinct moment in history when many... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Loved the old organ which plays tunes...only plays once a week and at a specific hour. I believe that it is on Saturday afternoon. Check with the museum, well worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We were tipped off by friends to see the MIM. As a world traveler for more than 40 years, I thought I'd seen it all, but I was wrong! The approach from the outside speaks volumes... you are about to be impressed. The modern building with its open spaces is very impressive. The displays and explanations (through headsets) are wonderful.... More 

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phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

OMG, this place is the only one in the civilized world and FANTASTIC! Music from every part of the globe with costumes and instruments in place. Videos accompany each display. All kinds of american music. Has live performances. A worldly cafe for lunch and a lovely patio to dine on. Plan on several hours to see all.

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Minnesota
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

MIM is a treasure on all fronts. The physical setting is lovely and serene, the collection is vast and represents cultures from around the world, and the exhibits are so accessible because the headphones allow you to listen to the instruments being played. I would advise the following types of people to go to MIM, even if that means going... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I play a couple of musical instruments and even I was a bit skeptical about the Musical Instrument Museum. A museum about instruments - how exciting could that be? I couldn't have been more wrong and have now been back several times. It's a must-see for any Phoenix visit. The building itself is stunning and your visit will be a... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

You can spend one or two days here! Very cool spot for musicians and just people who love music. They also have small concerts here from orchestra to alternative rock bands. It opened a few years ago and I just went this month, I will definitely be going back!

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Crete, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The MIM is an absolute must to visit. I've been there three times and I can't get enough of it. The time you spend will be very rewarding. It offers a self guided tour with ear phones that allow yow to spend as much or as little time with the exhibits.

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New York, NY
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

It's a little out of the way, but the displays are incredibly interesting, wide ranging, and global. I'm a professional classical musician, and multiple people told me I should really go. I finally relented when my parents were in town. It is greatly interesting to a musician, but at a certain point you realize you're just learning a lot about... More 

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Rockford, IL
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I visited my son in Phoenix who is a music graduate. The facility is huge, over 200,000 sf and built in 2010. The front desk suggested 3 hours to take in everything but our interests are deeper and I need to go back as we found many interesting stories. This is a facinating place. Worth the price of admission but... More 

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