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.
Bring your kids, the museum is a venue for the whole family.
Here are few photos I took.
A room of guitars.
Qanun from Egypt.
I wrote a separate post listing the past and present Philippine musical instruments. Read it here.
It is called Kakhi, from Nepal.
The Arabian Peninsula displays.
The Ayacastes, from Honduras.
The American Music Culture in one big room.
Sax from France.
Kids love the play room.
There is a place for Elvis.
A place for Toby Keith.
And even for Taylor Swift!
Indeed, music is the language of the soul.
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.
Address: 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Phone Number: +1 480-478-6000
Teens (ages 13–19): $15
Children (ages 4–12): $10
Children (ages 3 and under): Free
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