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. Put Musical Instrument Museum and other Phoenix attractions into our Phoenix trip builder app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • So much to see and hear. If I lived here I’d consider a season pass just so I could experience it all. Highly recommend.  more »
  • OMG!! I read a lot about travel and in one article this museum is rated as the BEST museum in AZ. It's so unique in its offerings that I think it's one of the best museums ever. We paid an...  more »
  • I play, steel drums, percussion and ukulele, and I am amazed when I visit. The instruments are mind blowing from every corner of the earth. Go even if you are not a musician!  more »
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  • Very cool place. Huge! Have a lot of time to spend when you go! My 11&10 yr old boys loved it! Multiple Rooms for all the different regions of the world. So cool to see what other country's have for instruments. Some displays have videos you can watch how the instruments are made and used. Interactive hands on area where u can play multiple different instruments ( you can even bang on a gong)
  • This is the best place for musicians and lovers of music alike! But give yourself at least 4 hours to be able to see all stories of the building and for the rest stops you’ll need and the time you’ll want with certain displays. Wear suitable walking shoes and and take it all in. You’ll not regret visiting this amazing place. Oh and stop at the gift shop for fun and interesting gifts and items. If you know the piano, they have one available to the public to play the sound is beautiful and haunting.
  • This is a top-notch museum. There is so much here that there is no way you will see it all in one visit. Pick one or two musical regions you are really interested in learning about and really spend your time there. This is also a great place to see a concert. The hall is very intimate and has wonderful acoustics. This would be a great place to go on date night. We ate at their cafe and the food was high quality. I had a western cheeseburger and it had guacamole, jalapenos, portobello mushrooms, and even pickled onions on it. The burger was so big I had to eat it with a knife and fork. I would definitely eat there again.
  • Music lover or not, this place is amazing! It's interactive, it's not crowded (even on a Saturday during the summer), and it appeals to people of all ages. It is THE largest collection of musical Instruments in the world and the displays are consistently being rotated so even if you go several times during the year you will always see new things. Highly recommended!
  • Great setting. Lots to see for all ages. The experience room is really cool especially the electronic box instrument. Ask the attendant if interested in the Nickelodeons. Super fun. Also, don't forget the family's room if little ones. Lots to play with inside and a private restroom.

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