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“Something you MUST experience if you are in Phoenix”

Musical Instrument Museum
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Musical Instrument Museum Self-Guided Tour
Ranked #1 of 228 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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Bluffton, South Carolina
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“Something you MUST experience if you are in Phoenix”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

Plan to stay all day because the museum is HUGE!! Thankfully, there is a cafe on the bottom level that serves high quality food so you don't have to leave for lunch. For music lovers of all ages and genres. Absolutely fantastic. Best to go as soon as they open to beat the crowds.

Visited April 2013
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Peoria, Arizona, USA
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“Pleasing to the eye, Music to the ears”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is located conveniently just off Highway 101 (itself conveniently reached from I-17 or Highway 51) and Tatum Rd. There is plenty of free parking and the building is attractively sited.

The inside of this museum of global instrumentation is well laid out, allowing the visitor to proceed continent to continent, or to use the main hallway to skip from one area to another. A guided tour is not necessary as visitors are provided with headphones and devices which self- activate at each of the literally scores of exhibits. Those with hearing aids equipped with tele-coil capability will be especially pleased to know that they can provide one of those devices, worn as a necklace, instead of the usual ear phones.

There are the permanent exhibits and special, temporary exhibits. The latter requires a surcharge, but unless you are particularly taken with its subject matter you will find more than enough to occupy your time for as many hours of the day as you wish to spend. On our first visit, we were constrained for time and spent only two hours. On our next visit, with extended family, we were there over four hours. There is a small cafeteria so that you may eat in. But the museum allows visitors to each elsewhere and return to complete the visit without additional charge.


Now the exhibitions themselves: Visitors should be forewarned that the museum is not a collection of antique instruments. It is a display of "living" instruments, those in use in various parts of the world by many distinct cultural and ethnic groups. Each cluster of instruments is presented with three videos of one or more of these indigenous or local instruments being played, sometimes along with song and dance, sometimes singly, sometimes in an ensemble. Each video is head by means of the device provided.

In addition to the geographically organized collections, there is a gallery of instruments which may be played by visitors, ranging from the piano to the Theremin. there is a celebrities gallery as well and a mechanical instrument gallery.

The auditorium has wonderful acoustics and visitors may wish to plan their visit around a performance, so as to be able to enjoy that environ as well.

Visited March 2014
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“An oasis in the desert!”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

Check out my article of the Museum in my blog: http://wp.me/p4n3CR-66!

I recommend getting the two day pass for $27 and spending a whole weekend over there, I promise you won’t get tired of this spectacular museum! Also, I would suggest to keep track of the MIM’s Concert Series, they host wonderful and virtuoso artists from all over the globe.

Visited March 2014
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“Feb 2014”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

Ok...not the most enjoyable of museums...not a lot of interaction and the same thing over and over. I thought expensive for what you got. Did enjoy the Women in Rock exhibit, but could have done without the rest of the museum.

Visited February 2014
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“What a gem!”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

We loved this museum. The exhibits are very well done and it is just so interesting. Who knew that so many instruments from so many cultures would be so engaging. We stayed for about two hours and there was still a lot to see. But we all agreed that two hours was our limit and we will return. We loved that you can see the instruments and hear what they sound like. I think I liked the African exhibit the best, others in our group liked the American exhibit. Don't miss this while you are in the Phoenix area. It is a world class museum.

Visited February 2014
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