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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  • If you love music, this is a must! World class museum, well-organized, entertaining. My brain wore out before I could experience it all! 
    If you love music, this is a must! World class museum, well-organized, entertaining. My brain wore out before I could experience it all!  more »
  • We joined as members on our first visit because we were so impressed. This is the largest museum of its kind in the world. Visitors receive a headset on entry. The headsets switch on when wearers get....  more
    We joined as members on our first visit because we were so impressed. This is the largest museum of its kind in the world. Visitors receive a headset on entry. The headsets switch on when wearers get....  more »
  • What a special hidden gem! Anyone who enjoys music should explore this museum. There is so much to see; from musical instruments early beginnings to more current memorabilia. I learned so much and... 
    What a special hidden gem! Anyone who enjoys music should explore this museum. There is so much to see; from musical instruments early beginnings to more current memorabilia. I learned so much and...  more »
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  • Very diverse and interesting displays of musical instruments from around the world, including some rare old instruments. For example, one gallery highlights some individual musicians and bands and their instruments. Another gallery exhibits instruments and music from various countries and regions. And there are more galleries. The new building is attractive and contains extensive exhibits and a cafe/coffee shop. Tours can be self-guided with a device with earphones that picks up music selections and commentaries. Staff is helpful. We opted for the standard admission tickets, plus an added fee to see the special exhibit of "Treasures." In all, extremely worthwhile to see.
  • A M A Z I N G ! Seeing the reviews we had to check it out. You could easily spend 2 days here. Modern high tech well planned experience of music, cultures, history and of course instruments that are at the center of it all. Humbling, emotional, uplifting and remarkable are words that come to mind. A DO NOT MISS MUST SEE! If you only have one day start in Europe USA and Woodstock and then the rest of the world which has far more.
  • What a great experience of culture and music. In addition to an amazing variety of instruments, are the sounds the cherished instruments make via video. The videos also show instruments being played by the country's people, as well as singing and dancing. To see various regalia and ceremony was very enriching. Considering many of the cultures on display are isolated, where else would one encounter an experience so globally educating? There is also a current era music room, and a hands on play room with gongs, drums, xylophones. I saw just as many adults playing as the kids! Everyone could enjoy this experience.
  • Amazing doesn't begin to describe this museum. It is not a typical museum. It is open and bright. There are many instruments to learn about from a multitude of countries. There is also a theater that brings in artists from around the globe! The staff is so helpful and accommodating. Plan to wear comfy shoes and be there for the day. There is a cafe and coffee bar for lunch or snacks.
  • Exceptional top notch museum! Amazing video footage from literally around the globe. We did not allow enough time to see it and take it all in! Over 10,000 items on display. Take a day and be blessed by this treasure! Wonderful staff as well and terrific meal in the outdoor eatery! What a great day!

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