Musical Instrument Museum
Musical Instrument Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Ken S
    Columbia, Missouri144 contributions
    Get it on, bang a gong!
    Stunning. A world-class experience. Instruments from all over the world, organized by country within continent rooms. Excellent descriptions, and videos of performers playing many of the instruments. We spent about 2.5 hours here; a return visit would be good to take more in. Ample parking. They have an instrument room for kids to bang away; I might have heard a budding Ginger Baker in here.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 26, 2023
  • Callie S
    Newburgh, New York4 contributions
    Beautiful Museum
    I enjoyed looking at the different instruments and seeing what goes in to making them. The lyrics recommended to wash your hands in the bathroom were a nice touch. Great way to end my second experience in Arizona before hopping on the flight home with my parents.
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Terry T
    San Diego, California85 contributions
    Listen to the music
    The self guided tour with the audio tour was great. So informative. The way the museum was organized by countries was great. You could see the instrument similarities to regions. It was amazing to see the collection that has been gathered from all over the world.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2023
  • jimandkathyr
    Indian Wells, California60 contributions
    If you love music this is a hit!
    Incredible experience both times. First time we went in February we spent 4 hours and did not see everything so we took friends this weekend and did the same thing. Well worth the $20 admission fee.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Tom G
    Tucson, Arizona58 contributions
    Interesting and fun
    Never knew there were so many instruments in the world! Spent 4 hours and not nearly enough time. If you read everything and listen to all the videos, I think you could spend 4 hours in just one continent. Fun time, worth the visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 17, 2023
  • Carlos
    Minneapolis, Minnesota20 contributions
    YES! It' Everything that You've Heard!
    Wonderful musical museum. GREAT for families and kids (of all ages, --blah blah). But you will be amazed at The World's ways of making music. Do be prepared for 4 or 5 hours here, more if kids go nuts and listen to every instrument. Just a fantastic museum
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 18, 2023
  • Kathy K
    12 contributions
    Far Exceeded our High Expectations!
    The Musical Instrument Museum exceeded our expectations, and we had heard great things about it before we visited! The exhibits are engaging, and we loved the videos and cultural information. We enjoyed listening to visitors play the Steinway piano while waiting to enter the special exhibit. It's obvious why this museum is rated 5 stars and the #1 attraction in Phoenix! I'm sure we will visit this museum each time we are in Phoenix as we could spend days there and enjoy every minute of it!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
  • WVHighlander
    338 contributions
    You will not believe how huge!
    They said two to three hours... We spent over four and felt would could have stayed longer. Even on a weekday it was busy, and worth every penny of the entrance fee. They give you headphones that activate when you approach and area. This made our visit so much easier and more interesting. I got to sit at a Stienway piano, and actually play it!! Yes there were school groups there, but with the headsets we did not miss a word. Worth the time and money!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Michael J
    San Carlos, California3 contributions
    Great place to visit for those interested in music
    Great place to visit if you have any interest in music - popular or folk - from around the world. So much to see. We spent a whole afternoon there and didn't get to see everything. Ask about the evening concerts too - we lucked out on our visit and got to see a great band play that evening.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • D W
    50 contributions
    Amazing - learnt soo much, Great for everyone
    Great museum. The exhibits are amazing very well structure by country to give an insight into the different music cultures around the world. Amazing with teens we were able to get so many insights into different music from around the world. Easily spent 3-4 hours in the museum looking at all the different exhibits. Never would’ve thought there are so many unique instruments.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 30, 2023
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HappyTrails2go
London, Canada318 contributions
Feb 2020
This was our first visit to the MIM and it exceeded our expectations!
The building is beautiful and outdoor eating area looked lovely. The museum is so well organized with the exhibits displayed by continents. It is truly amazing to see all the different historical and more recent instruments. What a great idea to have headsets to be able to hear clips and see them being played on the monitors. It is also a lesson in world geography with maps at each display.
We especially enjoyed hearing the “Apollonia” dance organ performance that is featured at 12 and 3pm. Our heritage is Belgium, so it was special to see this instrument from Belgium’s history. There are instruments and clothing displays from artists.
We were at the museum for almost 4 hours and it was not enough time! The museum does have the option to purchase a 1/2 price ticket for a return visit which is great idea but unfortunately didn’t work for us. There is also a hands on room to play the instruments...drums, gongs, xylophones. Fun for the young and young at heart! We will return again and definitely well deserving of their Trip Advisor rating.
Written February 9, 2020
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Robert Howard
3 contributions
Aug 2019
The MIM is a super museum, but it is also the home to a super small concert venue. The acoustics are perfect and there is not a bad seat anywhere. They are constantly bringing in an eclectic group of musicians, so you have to keep checking the calendar to see who will be there.
Written February 11, 2020
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MissMem
Memphis, TN1,160 contributions
Oct 2020
OMG!! I read a lot about travel and in one article this museum is rated as the BEST museum in AZ. It's so unique in its offerings that I think it's one of the best museums ever. We paid an additional fee for an exhibit about masks and that was worth the up charge as well.
To say that this place is filled with musical instruments from all over the world is an understatement.......some are so very old and some are left to imagination. Each geographic area is represented and videos accompany demonstrations of the instruments as well as some cultural history, etc.
We spent almost 5 hours in the museum and will visit it again when we come back to Phoenix.
Written November 22, 2020
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Brian H
Newton, MA25 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
In a short visit from the East Coast, I decided to spend an hour or two at the MIM. It was a moving experience that I needed to pull myself out of after 3+ hours. Here is why I believe it was so moving:

1) Emotionally Engaging - This was the biggest surprise for me. At every station, especially in the world instrument section I felt a personal connection to those people playing the instruments. The combination of physical presence of the instruments, striking both by beauty or some lack there of; and the sounds/visuals of the artists playing; and what I knew about the culture and politics of the region made me feel a bond with what were local village/town community.

2) Technical Flow - This is the first time in a museum context that I thought the use of video and personalized streaming worked flawlessly. By having personalized receivers that only broadcast when you were in front of a station each museum goer could get their information at the pace of their pleasure, navigate to less crowded areas, or linger at areas where the artists and their instruments were most moving. No fiddling with tech required!

Fantastic experience that I hope informs other museum exhibit design.
Written February 20, 2020
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Terry S
105 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
If you love music you must visit this museum. Unbelievable display of instruments from around the world with plenty of interactive displays. Two day pass would allow you plenty of time to explore this large museum.
Written March 14, 2020
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traveltowisconsin
Wisconsin128 contributions
Jan 2020
I'm musically challenged and thoroughly enjoyed the seeing and hearing the instruments from around the world though the generations. We expected to spend 2-3 hours and ended up staying until closing 7 hours after we arrived. The best part is privately listening to the instruments on the headsets and watching them being played on the tv in each exhibit. Don't miss the 1st floor exhibits where you can see modern musicians and also the room with instruments that you can play yourself.
Written February 4, 2020
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ElParaguayo
Paso Robles81 contributions
Jun 2022
If you have any interest in music, from playing an instrument to listening, this incredible museum is an absolute must if you are visiting Phoenix. Housed in a beautifully designed structure with a vast collection grouped by place of origin (North America, Oceania, Europe, etc.) it is easy to spend hours immersed in the excellently curated collection. MIM has the best electronic guide system we have ever encountered. Admission is $20/person, $10/children, we have found that MIM is a place that requires more than one day to explore. In fact, we became members simply because on our visits we alway go back for a second and third day. MIM also offers a concert series in it's main auditorium that bring in musicians from around the world. The theater seats 300 people and has exquisite acoustics, which means that there really isn't a bad seat in the house. And, because the theater is small, there is an intimacy with the musicians that makes each concert a very special moment. Want to see Jimmy Hendrick's left-handed guitar, or the oldest full-sized guitar in the world, they are on display right now at the Museum. For music lovers of every taste, MIM is an absolute must see.
Written June 26, 2022
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geeko30
Kitchener, Canada134 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This museum is simply wonderful and one of a kind. You have musical instruments around the world and audio guide that you can listen to the music that was played with these instruments. There is also a room where anyone can play some of these instruments live. A must see because you will definitely learned a lot from different cultures, their love for music in different countries. Well organized and layout.
Written January 24, 2020
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Sue T
Marshfield, WI241 contributions
Feb 2020
The MIM is rated as the top tourist event in the Phoenix area and it’s easy to understand why. You’ll receive a pair of ear phones and as you walk from one exhibit to the next you will hear the instruments of that country. There is a special exhibit this year on Congolese masks and instruments. But the absolute best is to attend a concert in the gem of a theatre with 299 seats and every seat is surrounded by delicious sound! Don’t miss it. There is a concert almost every evening .
Written February 16, 2020
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Travelling_laura
Oxfordshire, UK29 contributions
May 2019
We visited as a family as my husband is a musician. This was always going to be more his bag than our but we all managed to find something we enjoyed during the day. Luckily our visit coincided with a polynesian event so were lucky to watch some traditional dancing which was very unique. We also took part in some craft activities to make uli ulis - which was a great way for our little boy to spend a bit of quiet time. The hands on musical instrument room was great but always quite noisy as you would expect. My husband really enjoyed the visit but overall it was little bit more challenging for me to keep our little boy amused. I think maybe when we he is a little bit older he will get more from the experience.
Written January 2, 2020
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