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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  • On our last visit in Scottsdale, we happened to "discover" the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix and could have spent a whole day there ! Very interesting musical instruments and their history from...  more »
  • This is world class museum! You should take at least three hours to see all the exhibits from all the countries in the world. The previous year I saw a premium exhibit of the best violins made in the ...  more »
  • Not expecting much, I visited the Museum on a very hot day last week. I was blown away. In the past 24 months, I have been to the Country Music HoF Museum in Nashville and the R&R HoF Museum in Ohio. ...  more »
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  • Extremely interesting, musical instruments from all over the world and from every era. Spent most of my time in the Artists section downstairs and some in the United States section upstairs. Didn't get to most of the exhibits elsewhere. Too much to see! Spent all day from 11:00 am until closing. Enjoyed live piano performance. Didn't go to see the special Electric Guitar exhibit but wish I had. Ate lunch at the restaurant downstairs. Filling but a little high in price but not too bad for a museum. Many choices for food and well prepared on the spot to your order. Museum is a good place to visit but better plan to spend the day. See attached photos.
  • We had so much fun here! Plan on staying a few hours or more to see everything. We went to the Electric Guitar Exhibit and was worth the extra money. They have a great little gift shop and a place to eat and relax. We went during the week so it was not too crowded. Definitely recommend.
  • This museum completely blew away my expectations. It was a unique experience compared to any other museum I've been to. I really wish we had devoted more time for our visit and we were there for three hours. You get a headset to be able to listen to multiple videos/samples of music from every country on exhibit. There was also a room where you could play a variety of instruments but I wasn't able to fully enjoy it as we ran out of time.
  • Amazing experience, you really do need the whole day to walk around. We listened to almost every exhibit and walked around downstairs and we were able to do it in 1 day. Good for kids, there's a fun interactive room on the first floor where you can play all kinds of instruments. It is a lot of walking - wear comfy shoes. The cafe has very tasty food, if you stay all day you'll probably end up eating there like we did. Overall, it was a great experience. There was seriously so much to see and learn. Definitely recommend if you're visiting and have the time.
  • I have been here twice - both times for field trips. The continent rooms are well organized and contain a variety of instruments. I love the artists gallery the most. Kids like interacting with the instruments in one room. I always feel there is plenty of space and so much to learn. The audio interaction is nice. I wish the Cafe opened before 11:30. That is my only negative.
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