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“MIM - a Unique Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum
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Musical Instrument Museum Self-Guided Tour
Ranked #1 of 226 things to do in Phoenix
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The World's Only Global Musical Instrument Museum. Home of the MIM Music Theater--a 300-seat acoustically superb performance space--as well as the award-winning Café Allegro (open 11 am - 2 pm daily) and the MIM Museum Store. The average guest spends nearly four hours at MIM. Please allow plenty of time to fully enjoy MIM's galleries and exhibits. Open daily, 9 am - 5 pm; Closed Thanksgiving; Open Christmas, 11 am - 5 pm. General Admission: $20; Teens (ages 13-19): $15; Children (ages 4-12): $10; Children 3 and under: Free. Hours and prices are subject to change.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews
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“MIM - a Unique Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

This museum has a unique mission, featuring musical instruments arranged by country and regions of the world. It was a great refresher course on current world geography. Don't miss the hands-on hall. The cafeteria has fantastic food for a museum.

Visited February 2012
Thank Barbara B
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Tempe, Arizona
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“Incredible displays from around the world!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

This museum had just about every musical instrument imagineable! I love the individual country displays. They were expanding the US exhibits, so I will have to go back to see it all!

Visited November 2011
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“Don't miss this exceptional museum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

I'm not a huge museum goer, but after seeing the comments on Trip Advisor, decided to go. It is an exceptionally interesting and fun museum. It is amazing that as we walked up to an exhibit the music of that country played into our headsets. Loved it! Highly recommend making time for it!

Visited February 2012
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Camdenton, MO
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Delightful for Grandparents and Granddaughters”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

Having a six-year-old special needs granddaughter who loves music inspired us to go to this beautifully designed museum. She pointed out and named all the instruments in the displays while her three-year-old sister quickly learned how to stand in front of the TV screens to activate the headphones. But the highlight was the interactive room where they could join others of all ages, including experience adults, in playing a wide variety of instruments. The joy this little girl displayed was a treat for everyone watching. This museum has something for everyone who likes music from primitive to classical to folk to rock. Great fun!

Visited January 2012
Thank Margaret B
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Overwhelming in a good way for musicians and others”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

The fact that music is the universal language is best understood in a place like this. Headphones are included in the price of admission. As you approach exhibits, music pours into your brain from across the globe; each performance heard on your headphones syncs with the videos you will see in the exhibits. The videos show people from specific countries/cultures playing the instruments that are sitting right there in front of you. Appreciate the instruments as cultural artifacts, part of the universal human condition or as art in themselves, but you will appreciate them. The human need to fashion instruments to express themselves musically is inspiring. There are instruments made of moth cocoons, hooves, steel gas cans as well as beautifully craften fine violins, lutes, alpine horns and room sized instruments - anything you can imagine and some you cannot! Don't miss the cafe that serves very fine local food.

Visited March 2012
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