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Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
(4.8/5 based on 3,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Any musician would love this place! Instruments from all over the world with headphones on you can hear each sound when you walk up to it! And there's an entire room where you can play a bunch of the ...  more »
  • This museum is much better than the image its name might evoke. First the building is spacious and tastefully planned. When you use earphones, each individual exhibit automatically begins its presenta...  more »
  • I agree with everyone who says this is one of the best museums ever! We actually just ran out of energy even after a delightful luncheon in the museum's restaurant. Although a little pricey to eat, I ...  more »
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  • This place surpassed my expectations and I don't even play an instrument or have much of an affinity towards them (but I do love music!). The way the displays separate out the instruments by region and even style was awesome. There is a wireless headset you get that activates when you get near each exhibit which has a TV showcasing the culture and sounds the various instruments come from. I was barely able to scratch the surface of the amount of information and knowledge to obtain from this place and is definitely one of those places I'll have to come back to again and again!
  • This place was incredible. It took my husband and I over 3 hours (we had to rush towards the end because of our schedule) to cover this place and no special exhibit was on. They've got an amazing Steinway you can play if you'd like in the lobby, and an interactive area where you can try things like a theremin (star trek fans?) or am ornate gong. The exhibits were amazing and not an inch of wasted space here. I would recommend this place and come here again. The gift store has a variety of neat things, and is tax free since it is a donation. Awesome awesome museum.
  • If you love music you MUST set aside a day or two here. The biggest downside of my experience was I only had 4 hours and only got through Africa and a bit of Asia. If you take your time to enjoy the experience you can get 8-10 hours there. They do sell a one day pass for $20 and you can upgrade to 2 day for $10 more. Very much worth it.
  • 20 OCT 2016. 5 stars = makes customers kings and queens, or offers superior product(s); crushes competitors that offer similar service and product(s). 4 stars = provides something extra for customers, or offers better than average product(s). 3 stars = provides good service and good product(s). 2 stars = provides low quality customer service or product(s). 1 star = fails in customer service or product(s); you suck; please go out of business. THE REVIEW This place is amazing if you want to see a world collection of musical instruments. Plan to spend the whole day here just see half of it. And bring your wallet. The admission fee is outrageous.
  • We were completely blown away by this museum, I believe it's the #1 music museum in the US, maybe in the world. Speaking of world, every display was form a different part of the world, very well displayed, each room was from a different region of the world that seemed to just go on forever. There is one room with various instruments you can play. The lobby has a beautiful Steinway piano that they encourage you to play as well. we were so entertained, whether you are musician or not, you will enjoy every bit of it. Plan on being there all day, it huge. They provide you with Blue Tooth transmitters with top of the line headsets that work very well. As you go from one display to the next, the sounds and narrator changes automatically, pretty amazing system. Plan to be there most of the day to really appreciate all it has to offer.