"The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix is unique in that it brings together in one place an expansive collection of instruments from every country....The MIM experience also brings these instruments to life through technology that enables visitors to see and hear these instruments in their original cultural settings, like in no other museum in the world."

"The museum’s collection of more than 15,000 instruments and artifacts was acquired in the geographic and cultural regions where these instruments are played and have the most cultural relevance. Nearly 5,000 of these are on exhibit at a time. Some of the instruments in the MIM collection were, until recently, still being played in their places of origin and were subsequently donated by their makers or the musicians who owned and played them. (You can see and hear some of these very same instruments in MIM’s videos.) Some were created by artisans expressly for MIM. Others were purchased from other collectors or collections. The museum’s experts have gone to great lengths to acquire the instruments, sometimes traveling to extremely remote locations and regions of unrest. The instruments were selected for their fine construction, the reputation of their makers, their special provenance, or their connection to significant performers. Instruments and artifacts from MIM’s Geographical Galleries focus on five major global regions: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States and Canada."

(Erin Kozak, MIM)

This museum truly demands at least two days to explore all of its content, to listen to each of the instruments play, and to read all of the descriptions and explanations for each and every instrument on display. We spent approximately only 5 hours during our visit, rushing through much of the displays...and not seeing them all at that. We spent much of our time exploring the mechanical music gallery, then visited the Artist and Geographical Galleries as well.

There is a cafeteria within the museum offering some pretty exotic dishes, and a chance to sit down for a while to absorb all that was seen...and what it was that you've eaten!

This slideshow does not show all of the instruments on display in every gallery...but should give you an idea of what there is to see and enjoy during your visit there!

Their giftshop also provides numerous unique items that you will enjoy putting on display or gifting to others!

Location:
4725 E. Mayo Bouldevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050

Phone:
480.478.6000