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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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I was surprised to see this as the number 1attraction in Phoenix, but it's also a AAA gem. AAA says to allow 2 hours. Now i know why it's number 1. We were there for 3, but we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I was surprised to see this as the number 1attraction in Phoenix, but it's also a AAA gem. AAA says to allow 2 hours. Now i know why it's number 1. We were there for 3, but we could have stayed another 2. The artists gallery and music from around the world were great. We were in the room with... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My 13 year old daughter and I checked this place out while dad was at a conference. It was mind-blowing to see so many instruments from all over the world. I can't imagine how they were able to assemble such a collection! The video at each country was especially well done. We also enjoyed the opportunity to try out some... More 

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Reisterstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The MIM is, in my experience, truly unique among museums. At first, expecting just from the name a crowded attic's worth of dusty dijeridoos and dobros with some drums scattered thoughout, my first visit revealed a fantastic facility full of all the characteristic musical instruments of the world, organized by geographic region and made familiar via a brilliant "roving audio"... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is probably the world's best collection of musical instruments of all kinds from all corners of the globe. If you are a student of music, music history, or a gifted musician, you won't find any place like it in all the world. With that said, it's pretty boring to look at instruments from all around the world if you... More 

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Savannah, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The MIM, as it is called, is full of music in more ways than one. The instruments on display, a headset to listen to different artists, mechanical musical instruments, and explanations of items. There is a room where one can experience musical instruments. We didn't go into that room as there were school tours there, and the room was packed.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

First - let's just say it - admission is expensive. Overpriced. Okay, now we can move on. Yes, this is an extensive, sizable gathering of musical instruments from across the globe. Yes, it is interactive and wide open. But the word museum feels like a bit too much here. It's a group of displays, sometimes repetitive. As another reviewer has... More 

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Frankfort, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Too large for a one day visit! Even though I have never played a musical instrument, this site was as good as it gets. A great place to visit on a day when the heat is soaring or sky is overcast! The upstairs is broken down into US, Oceania, and Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Silly me...I thought bagpipes only... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This is the best museum in Arizona. It is fun seeing all the different musical instruments from around the world - both current and antique. The museum's technology is great. You automatically receive head phones and when you get a near an exhibit it automatically starts speaking or playing music for you. No need to push buttons all the time.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

My husband is a drummer, so this was high on his list to visit. This place is amazing! I'm not a musician and I loved it. We didn't allow enough time, so next time in Phoenix we will go again. The audio tour is first class.

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Kansas
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We were amazed at the size of this museum. You can easily spend a day and not see it all. The neat thing about the museum is it is entertaining as well as informative, even for a non-musical person. We really enjoyed the interactive galleries and displays. We were a bit overwhelmed with the galleries presenting the various instruments and... More 

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