Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix

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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  • The most magical place if you love music and if you don't, you'll come to love it and appreciate it by the time you leave... It's just magical! All the display areas are so well thought out-you can ea...  more »
  • This is a rather unique museum, one which covers music and the musical instruments that made it, from all parts of the world. I found the first-floor artists gallery to be the most compelling for me, ...  more »
  • This is a fantastic place to go with young children ! The ability to interact and play with so many instruments is outstanding. We went with 3 kids under 10 and they had a blast .. we were there 3 hou...  more »
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  • Just one of the best museums and one of a kind. Very informative. Very innovative methods of information dispersion as everyone is given a headset to use. As one approaches exhibits these headsets connect to nearest TV to the displayed items where information is being broadcast. This is so cool! This keeps anyone engaged instantly and information with the combination of video audio makes the experience leaves lasting memory. As the multimedia information is updated frequently one cannot be bored going back to revisit the museum.
  • What a treasure this museum is. Highly recommend spending a whole day here and if possible two days. The afternoon is quieter when the student groups have left. Good cafeteria though a bit pricey. Nice outside seating area. We plan to return and spend more time on the second floor with exhibits of countries and instruments from there as well as short video clips.
  • When you see such a high average rating, you just have to know for yourself. I must say, this museum deserves nothing less than a 5. The place doesn't seem enormous, but is packed. Another reviewer stated it takes 4hrs to properly visit. They're spot on, if not even a little short. Your best bet is to make multiple trips - you're going to feel rushed. With the included audio tour, you're going to want to listen to every country, artist, instrument you see. If time is a factor, find what you'll enjoy most first. Don't underestimate your visit. We started upstairs, where you travel across the world. This is 75%+ of the exhibits. In hindsight, I wish I started downstairs - at least where they feature specific artists. Then I would have gone through the individual countries/states back upstairs. Lastly, check out the hands-on instrument room, back downstairs. This isn't a huge space, but has many pieces you wouldn't originally play. As I said, this would have been my perfect guide, had I known. At 3hrs, I felt insanely rushed. I feel obligated to pass this information on. Even if you get through it all, try to revisit in the future. The exhibits are always changing and it's easily worth the $20.
  • A must-see for anyone interested in music. It is also very interesting for people who just like to see a very large array of instruments from all over the world dating back over a hundred years. They supply headphones which helped to enhance the experience. An excellent place to visit. Plan to spend several hours. There are no food drinks are backpacks allowed but they will allow you to store them in the building. I highly recommend this Museum!
  • Terrific museum. Best for older kids who ate interested in culture and music. Experience area is cool, and hope they offer more or wider breadth and depth or experiences. Hope they consider a 5 yrs and older exhibition some day. My son is interested in music and instruments but would need more interaction to understand the incredible information this museum offers. The cafe and restaurant is a bit pricey, but the food was quickly prepared and delicious. This is definitely worth the money and multiple visits can be made in order to take advantage of everything. One last thing, would love an area that discusses the importance of volume of music and our ears. As much as I love the kinesthetic side to music, there is a concern we are losing hearing.

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