Musical Instrument Museum
Fun Family Activities around Phoenix
There is lots of different cool instruments that they will actually let you play on here! They let me play the bongo and the gong - What can I say? I like percussion instruments! Based on the look on Mom's face, though, I don't think I will be getting that drum set any time soon.
The Musical Instrument Museum, or MIM, in North Phoenix is one of Phoenix's premier museums that everyone should make time to visit. Home to more than five thousand musical instruments, musical artifacts and a 299-seat performance theater, the MIM takes visitors on a global journey where they experience the sounds of music from cultures all across the world. The musical instruments are artfully arranged in five Geo-Galleries that represent five continental areas.
One might think that a museum featuring music and instruments would be loud and chaotic, but the museum provides every paying visitor with a Guideport, or wireless headset, so that they are able to experience the sounds of music without distraction from other guests. One place where visitors will not want to wear those Guideports, though, is in the Musical Instrument Multisensory Gallery. This gallery is a great place for those who want to do more than just see and hear. In this gallery, guests are encouraged to touch and even attempt to play any of the instruments that are on display! Gongs, drums, harps, pianos and more - everyone will enjoy having a chance to make their own music!
In addition to simply displaying the various styles of musical instruments, the MIM Artist Gallery holds a number of treasures from some of the greatest musical artists of all times! Check out John Lennon's piano, Eric Clapton and Santana's guitars, and other items from popular music icons; all are available for viewing. The MIM documents the sights and sounds of these legendary artists for future generations to enjoy!
Finally, before leaving, visitors should check out the café, gift shop, and most importantly, MIM's beautiful 299-seat theater to see what performances are scheduled during their visit. One week the museum may host performances that pay homage to Elvis, and the following week, there may be a musical premier of the music of the Australian indigenous peoples.
No particular style or genre rules supreme - the museum is a place that appreciates and celebrates music from everywhere! Jazz, classical, world and contemporary music are featured routinely, so there is sure to be something that appeals to everyone. Also, make sure you stop in at the gift shop before you leave to pick up a CD of one of your favorite new musical instruments from the tour! The MIM is a delightful way to spend the day, and the charm of this museum will resonate with visitors long after they have left the building!
The café, Bon Appetit, is a true surprise! The world-wide themed food is prepared fresh from scratch, and it is quite affordably priced! The extensive wine and beers list has a little something for everyone.
4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050
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|Jacob Tip: If you play a musical instrument, make sure you practice every day! IT helps if you set a date for a 'performance' like promise your grandparents you will play for themn for Thanksgiving.|
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