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Musical Instrument Museum
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Musical Instrument Museum Self-Guided Tour in Phoenix
Ranked #1 of 234 things to do in Phoenix
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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 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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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Had a great time there! I really didn't know what to expect. The museum is larger, more extensive, better organized than I had imagined. Musical instruments from all over the world are displayed by continent and then by country. There are not only large numbers of the instruments but they are high quality, well preserved, and displayed in unique ways. Visitors are given head phones which allow them to hear these instruments being performed at the various displays. Really enjoyed the Artists Gallery on the main floor which feature the music and instruments of Taylor Swift, Elvis, Eric Clapton and many, many more. The day I toured there were several groups of school kids also touring the exhibits which made the experience even more fun.

Thank B L J
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

What an amazing place! Had a great lunch in their cafe and then went into the collection. You receive a special player that allows you to hear the instruments being played on each video. More than can be done in one day. I look forward to going back.

Thank David S
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

I had not known about this new and amazing place until I attended a business conference in nearby Scottsdale, and a visit to the MIM was one of the optional free-time activities arranged by the conference organizers. After some hesitation I signed up for it, and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be -- it totally blew me away.

You can tour the museum on your own or with a docent, taking advantage of the wireless headsets to listen to the many and varied musical presentations and videos associated with almost every exhibit. Because you will probably want to stop and listen to the music videos at almost every exhibit, you should give yourself several hours (or even days) to fully experience what the MIM has to offer.

According to a helpful docent, the museum built its collection by sending curators around the world -- Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas -- to locate indigenous performers and instrument makers and bring back videos, sound recordings, attire, instruments, and artifacts that had been accumulating over the centuries. He told us that only a fraction of the huge collection is on display at any given time, so while some exhibits are permanent, others are rotated through at various intervals.

The museum building is an impressive modern facility, organized into several galleries on two levels. The geographical galleries occupy the upper level, with separate rooms for North America, Latin America Europe, Oceania, Africa, the Middle East, and Central, South, and East Asia. The ground level galleries include self-playing mechanical music, a restoration and preservation workshop, and -- for all ages but especially for kids -- the Experience Gallery for hands-on playing of percussion and other instruments by museum visitors.

The Phoenix area has many worthwhile places to go and things to see, but if you have any interest at all in music -- whatever your musical taste -- this is one attraction that is not to be missed.

Thank RonKVA
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We visited this museum after I saw a brochure at the hotel in Tempe. I am now recommending that my friends visit Phoenix just to go to this wonderful place. The exhibits are not like those I have seen elsewhere. It is a delight to be able to see and hear so many diverse forms of music in one location. My son and I had fun with testing the limits of the headsets. You can stand in the same place but face in different directions and hear the sounds of a different exhibit. The display of musical instruments was diverse and there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The museum is so big that it is difficult to take it all in in one visit. We went through the ground floor first and by the time we got upstairs and through the first room, sensory exhaustion started to set in. There are so many countries represented with their native forms of music! I plan to go back, start with countries, and explore each continent more fully. This is the kind of place that one visit is not enough!

Thank Movinup
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

The MIM is absolutely amazing. The span of musical instrument history and culture is incredible. The headsets are hugely helpful and edifying. One suggestion, take a couple of breaks. This is a huge museum. It can be a bit overwhelming. Stop, enjoy a snack, walk outside, discuss. Well worth the time. One of a kind experience.

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