The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix is dedicated to showcasing musical instruments from around the world with an extensive collection of over 6,500 instruments from more than 200 countries and territories. The musical instruments are displayed in comprehensive exhibitions, which give the history of each instrument and showcase their sound through state-of-the-art audio and video technologies.
Visitors can see the instruments, hear their unusual sounds, and observe them being played through individual performances. Visitors are also invited to play some of the instruments in the Experience Gallery, and see iconic instruments from world-renowned musicians such as John Lennon, Carlos Santana, and Elvis Presley in the Artist Gallery.
The Orientation Gallery is located on the first floor and showcases the diversity, artistry, and movement of musical instruments from around the world. The second floor is home to exhibitions that highlight different regions of the world into which guests can venture and discover a big-band jazz ensemble, a Chinese opera orchestra, and a mariachi band.
Wireless ‘hotspots’ around the museum provide loops of streamed music via wireless headsets and earphones, immersing visitors in the various sounds of musical instruments as they wander around. As visitors approach each display or exhibit, they can see the instruments while hearing the sound they play through the earphones.
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)’s collection includes over 16,000 musical instruments and associated musical-related objects, gathered and sourced from more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Larger countries have multiple displays with subsections covering various genres, such as ethnic, folk and tribal music.
The Museum’s Geographic Galleries focus on five major world regions and take visitors on a magical musical journey around the world, while the Mechanical Music Gallery features a selection of musical instruments such as mechanical zithers, player pianos, and cylinder music boxes that are mechanical marvels that play by themselves.
The Artist’s Gallery features a variety of instruments played by musical icons including John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Pablo Casals, “King” Sunny Adé, Clara Rockmore, and many others. The Experience Gallery allows visitors to touch, play, and hear a changing array of instruments from many different cultures.
The Target Gallery showcases exciting and informative traveling exhibitions and special engagements in conjunction with the museum’s permanent collection, and the Conservation Lab gives guests a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the collection is maintained and preserved.
The Target Gallery features special exhibitions that complement the museum’s permanent collection with evolving exhibitions, traveling shows, and special events. Past exhibitions include ‘Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker’ and ‘Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World’, while upcoming exhibitions include ‘Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces.’
The Musical Instrument Museum offers an array of educational programs for learners of all ages and abilities to explore the musical instruments and music of the world. The programs include museum tours, school group visits, lectures, adult classes and workshops, and artistry residency programs, all of which include hands-on musical encounters, innovative program development and thoughtful interpretation of music and musical instruments. Programs include ‘MIMKIDS,' which offers early childhood music and movement courses, as well as educational programs designed for older children that combine fun-based arts education, and social and science studies.
The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix, Arizona, and offers guided Orientation Tours, as well as private and group tours, which are included with admission. The Museum Store is open daily to the public during museum hours and sells a variety of gift cards, books and CDs, and other museum-related items.
The award-winning Café Allegro is open daily to the public and serves a changing menu of global cuisine, local and regional dishes, freshly prepared cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients and served in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The laid-back self-serve environment offers a unique dining experience with a variety of choices, including salads, sandwiches, homemade soups and delicious desserts.
The MIM Music Theater is a world-class 300-seat concert hall and theater that offers an exciting array of concerts by artists from every corner of the globe. Showcasing up to 200 artists a year, including international musicians, performances range from jazz and classical to bluegrass and singers and songwriters, the MIM is a unique venue for experiencing new sounds from around the world.
4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050, Phone: 480-478-6000