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Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix

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The largest museum of its type in the world, Musical Instrument Museum has a collection of over 15,000 musical instruments and associated objects, and displays around 6,000 at a time. You can see instruments collected from almost 200 countries, and witness many being played in their original context via high-resolution videos. The artist gallery is home to instruments played by world-famous music icons, including John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and Taylor Swift. You can experiment with a wide array of instruments in the experience gallery, such as a harp or piano. Grab a bite to eat at the on-site cafe, which serves dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. To visit Musical Instrument Museum on your holiday in Phoenix, and find out what else Phoenix has to offer, use our Phoenix vacation generator.
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  • We have visited several times to explore the exhibits, and attend terrific concerts. Trace Bundy is one of our favorites. The acoustics and size of the audience are so enjoyable. The onsite cafe offer...  more »
  • This is a great museum with so very much to see - my advice is to plan carefully and a lot yourself time for each area. The museum is organized by continents/areas. We started with Africa and easily s...  more »
  • While the MIM is a museum it includes many exhibits that allow the visitor to interact with the exhibit. The other reviews on this site will give you more details and examples but suffice it to say th...  more »
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  • Really amazing museum with a ton of artifacts and video explanations. They have an awesome system where a personal set of headphones automatically connects with the video monitors as you approach each monitor. I would highly recommend checking out all the galleries and the special exhibit. It easily takes 3+ hours to view everything and they even sell 2 day passes since there's is a lot of information to absorb here.
  • Fantastic. It took us 5 hours to go through it all. Great experience. Even the food in the cafe is great. Farm to table. I think its called the Arizona chicken salad. Its perfect.
  • A great place to listen and learn about music. The MIM is a place filled with over 10,000 instruments ranging from Classical to Electronic. You are given a headset and you can approach screens that will start to play music. Here there are are tons of culture and country's to learn about. It is a very interactive place, but we did have a bit of a bad experience with one of the associates working there. Other than that it is a great place to spend your afternoon!
  • Absolutely one of the nicest and most interesting museums I'm been to. Displays on famous musicians. Interactive room with drums and harps and even a theremin to try out. Each continent has a large room dedicated to it with native instruments and a TV playing local music and dance styles. The current visiting display 'Dragons and Vines' on the fine art of guitar inlay is absolutely amazing. The staff is wonderful, always available and helpful, but not obtrusive. The tour is self guided by portable headset. The headsets synchronize with whatever display you are at nearly seamlessly. I spent 2.5 hours there and could have spent another hour or two.
  • Spent a lovely Saturday afternoon with my family here. The docents are excellent people who provide a 45-minute guided tour full of amazing information. The special exhibit was really cool. The Martin exhibit was also exquisite.