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“Delightfully Overwhelming”

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 June 9, 2014

For the past several years local friends have suggested we should visit MIM. To celebrate our anniversary with friends Frank and Lynn, on Sunday we finally did visit, and spent most of the afternoon there. Wow. This is the most interesting and educational museum I have ever visited. We barely made a dent in the attractions, and will be visiting in the future to see, and hear, more of world history and musical culture. This attraction is a "must see" for all ages; it even has a 'hands-on' room where all ages can play instruments.

Thank mediator51
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Allow yourself plenty of time to visit otherwise you will leave saying "I didn't see this". The museum is divided into areas of the world and then divided into countries. Each country has some instruments, old and more modern, and educational videos to accompany the displays. You get a set of headphones to listen to the videos without disturbing others. There is also a room set up to play with some of the instruments on display as well an artist room that has rotating exhibits. Great, great museum.

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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Block out an entire day for this visit!
Lots of walking...wear comfy shoes. It was a big chilly inside, so take a light sweater. You will definitely want to take your camera. Not the greatest place for small children....not hands on and they prefer everyone to be quiet. We will definitely go back!

Thank Danielle M
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

I can't believe we get to have this in Phoenix! Amazing place- The concert hall is top notch. Anyone who enjoys anthropology, history and music is sure to go on at least a yearly basis.

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Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is one of the best museums in the US, if not the world, and I’ve been to a lot of museums. As others have mentioned, you receive headsets when you pay your admission. Not only does the museum display instruments from all over the world, but you can also see and listen to them being played in their native settings. It’s like a world geography lesson. There are also many instruments that belonged to famous musicians, like John Lennon’s piano.

We spent almost a whole day there and couldn’t believe when we heard “the museum will be closing in 30 minutes” announcement.

Check out the concert schedule too. We went to an acoustic guitar concert in the very intimate theater. The performers weren’t my favorites but the concert was well worth attending in this beautiful theater.

Thank PepperRoss
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