Did you know that the world’s only global musical instrument museum is located right here in Phoenix? The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is a unique experience for music lovers of all ages and backgrounds because there are over 6,800 instruments here from all around the world. This is not only one of the top-rated attractions in Phoenix, but also one of the very best museums in the entire United States.

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Carlos Santana exhibit at Musical Instrument Museum
Carlos Santana exhibit at Musical Instrument Museum

When you visit this museum, you’ll learn about instruments from over 200 countries and territories. Through video and audio features, you’ll also get to hear what they sound like, observe how they’re played, and see them up-close. This is a high-tech museum with streamed music, wireless headsets, and high-resolution flat screens.

Toby Keith exhibit at Musical Instrument Museum
Toby Keith exhibit at Musical Instrument Museum

When you first walk into the museum, you’ll walk through the Orientation Gallery, which celebrates diversity in music. Then you can venture more deeply into different regions of the world on the second floor and take your pick among mariachi, orchestra, jazz, and other styles. In total, the museum’s collection has over 13,600 instruments and music-related objects! The oldest instrument is a drum from China that dates back to perhaps 5,000 B.C.

Teaching kids at the Musical Instrument Museum
Teaching kids at the Musical Instrument Museum

But one of the most fun parts is the Experience Gallery, where visitors are allowed to actually play instruments themselves! Music lovers also enjoy this local attraction because you can learn about famous music icons like John Lennon, Carlos Santana, and Elvis Presley in the Artist Gallery. There are also a lot of fun and interactive ways to visit this museum with kids.

The MIM is typically open every day from 9am to 5pm. General admission for adults is $20, it’s $15 for teens, $10 for children, and free for kids under three. Parking is available on site and free of charge.

Performers at Musical Instrument Museum
Performers at Musical Instrument Museum

To get even more out of your MIM experience, you can take a tour or grab lunch onsite at Café Allegro. There’s also a museum store onsite to find a gift for the music lover in your life. MIM also has a packed concert and event calendar, so make sure to check out what’s going on before you visit to see if you can watch and listen to a live performance!

Musical Instrument Museum:
Address: 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Phone: 480-478-6000
Official Website

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