One of the best museums I have been into — the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona is a load of wonders in a middle of the dessert. It is a place for those who adore music or for just anyone who would like to learn the culture of music around the world. You have to set aside at least 3 hours to cover and enjoy all the exhibits that are spread in two floors. The collections are jaw-dropping, unmatched. From Asia, to Africa, to the Americas, you will see musical instruments that date back as far as the beginning of time!

Entrance fee is $20 per person and you get a pair of headphones. The headphone automatically turns on once you are near the exhibit. You’ll get to listen to music and tunes from every corner in the world.
Musical Instrument Museum

Bring your kids, the museum is a venue for the whole family.

Here are few photos I took.

A room of guitars.

Musical Instrument Museum


Qanun from Egypt.

Musical Instrument Museum

Philippine instruments.

I wrote a separate post listing the past and present Philippine musical instruments. Read it here.
Musical Instrument Museum

It is called Kakhi, from Nepal.

Musical Instrument Museum

The Arabian Peninsula displays.

Musical Instrument Museum

The Ayacastes, from Honduras.

Ayacastes instrument

The American Music Culture in one big room.

Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum

Sax from France.

Musical Instrument Museum

Kids love the play room.

There is a room where you can try many of the instruments that are seen on display.
Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum

There is a place for Elvis.

Musical Instrument Museum Elvis

A place for Toby Keith.

Musical Instrument Museum

And even for Taylor Swift!

Musical Instrument Museum

Indeed, music is the language of the soul.

Musical Instrument Museum

From the most bizarre to the most modern instrument, you won’t be disappointed visiting the Musical Instrument Museum. It’ll be well worth the trip.

By the way, there is a cafeteria inside the museum that serves a variety of food.

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Address: 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Phone Number: +1 480-478-6000

Admission Fee.

General: $20
Teens (ages 13–19): $15
Children (ages 4–12): $10
Children (ages 3 and under): Free
Members: Free

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