Visit the Brand New Musical Instrument Museum
Arizona has something new, big and exciting to boast about. In April, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), the first global museum of its kind, opened. This 180,000-square-foot facility in north Phoenix will soon be a tourism destination for people from all over the world. This museum celebrates the universal language of music by exhibiting instruments from every country in the world. A $250-million project, MIM creates a musical experience for visitors, immersing them in traditions from around the world.
Galleries showcase wireless technology and video screens, so museum visitors see instruments, hear their sounds, and watch them played in their original environment. Special shows provide an insider’s view of how instruments work. The collection of nearly 10,000 instruments will be organized into galleries representing regions of the globe including Europe, US and Canada, Latin America, Oceania, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Central and South Asia, Middle East and Africa. Highlights include a classical Indonesian musical ensemble featuring xylophones, drums and gongs, built and tuned to play together.
“The goal of the Musical Instrument Museum is to illuminate what is unique about cultures, and also what is shared and universal,” stated Bob Ulrich, MIM founder. “MIM will provide an experience like none other, allowing musical novices and experts, tourists and scholars, children and grandparents to hear, see, and feel the powerful and uniting force of music in an entirely new way.” Ulrich was the former CEO or Target, who embraced this project, now one of Arizona’s biggest attractions, upon his retirement from Target.
Celebrity-owned instruments on display include the piano on which John Lennon wrote “Imagine,” Eric Clapton’s Fender Stratocaster guitar, on which he played “Layla,” and George Benson’s Gibson Johnny Smith model guitar.
Musical Instrument Museum Visitor Information
Address 4725 East Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Adults (18-64) $15.00
Seniors (65+) $13.00
Children (6-17) $10.00
Children under age 6 free