When I researched "things to do in Scottsdale," the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and Taliesin West kept coming out on the top of the list. And, I can see why. MIM was one of the best museums I have ever visited. The concept is terrific -- it's a place that celebrates music and music's influence on cultures throughout the world. I loved the hands-free audio guide that you put on and, then, as you stroll through the galleries, and stop at the displays for each country, it plays a sample of the country's musical traditions. It was just amazing! The displays are so well-done. We went on a Wednesday morning, and the galleries were not crowded. And, even if there were more people, it would still not feel crowded. The galleries are spacious, and I think everyone who wanders through this museum will have their own special encounter and experience with the exhibits. There's something for everyone! The second floor contained the global exhibits, and the first floor had modern music as well as fascinating displays of musical instruments. We happened to be in one of the galleries during the time they were playing a giant organ. Wow, what a sound! Not only are the exhibits fantastic, but the building is just beautiful. It's so modern and clean. And, just as a side note, those were the cleanest restrooms I've ever seen. The entire museum is a treasure. In my opinion, the MIM is an absolute must-see! I told my other family members that a visit to Scottsdale would not be complete without a visit to the MIM. And, you can easily make a day of it -- they even have a café. I'm a MIM fan!
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