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Musical Instrument Museum - MIM

Musical Instrument Museum - MIM

Museum, Concert Hall, and Café
Desert Ridge, Phoenix
  • Musical Instrument Museum - MIM
    "Play world instruments yourself in our hands-on Experience Gallery!"(5 Tips)
    Aly C.
    "Should leave plenty of time to experience the whole museum."(4 Tips)
    Mark H.
    "Visit the Experience Room and play the Theremin and sound the gong"(4 Tips)
    Laura P.
    "Amazing collection of instruments and a cool place to visit."(2 Tips)
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  • Debby A.
    Debby Asberry-ChuaDecember 9, 2017
    This is a very nice, seemingly very well-funded museum. It’s beautiful. The gift shop is dangerously good. The exhibits are a delight.
  • Christina W.
    Christina WollmanAugust 28, 2017
  • David W.
    David WillmoreJuly 28, 2017
    Expect to spend a full day here. It’s easy to get sucked in and realize that 8 hours have just flown by
  • David W.
    David WillmoreJuly 28, 2017
    Definitely check out the Artist Gallery - diverse collection of eras, styles, and artifacts
  • Evie C.
    Evie CosciaJuly 14, 2017
    Incredible! Do it!
  • Gordon W.
    Gordon WrightApril 11, 2017
    This is interesting even to kids and non-music people. It's just really well done and you can pace it however you like.
  • Rainer D.
    Rainer DelgadoJanuary 21, 2017
    It was quite comprehensive
  • JASON F.
    JASON FOWLERDecember 2, 2016
    If your in Phoenix Az this is a must stop. Musical instruments from every country. Well will go back we never made it through the whole exhibit.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BangoyAugust 8, 2016
    So much to see here. Need to stay at least 6 hrs or more
  • Omkar K.
    Omkar KurodeMarch 28, 2016
    Overwhelming collection of instruments! Loved it.
  • Marlene R.
    Marlene RiggsMarch 11, 2016
    Everything is good here if your a music lover!! Amazing place!!
  • Andra Z.
    Andra ZapartanMarch 5, 2016
    Absolutely fabulous! I didn't expect to be so impressed with this museum, but I was blown away. It's extremely well organized and there's a lot of info to take in. Allow 6h for visiting this museum.
    Upvoted Oct 23, 2017
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerJanuary 7, 2016
    Very well done museum w/ vast collection. If you're not looking for anything in particular, start on the 2nd floor w/Africa and work around
  • Max J.
    Max JamesDecember 30, 2015
    Everything is great, especially for music lovers.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BloomgrenNovember 13, 2015
    You cannot come to this place too many times. Even as a totally blind person, the experience is phenomenal as long as you come with a sighted person, or get a docent to tour with you.
  • Hunter L.
    Hunter LexieOctober 24, 2015
    Many things
  • Manuel D.
    Manuel D'argenceJune 28, 2015
    Come with enough time. It takes longer than it seems but it's totally worth it.
  • Juan M.
    Juan MoralesJune 16, 2015
    It may seem pricey for admission by it's worth it.
  • Juan M.
    Juan MoralesJune 16, 2015
    Definitely a must see. The only Music Instrument Museum to feature instruments from almost every country.
  • Caleb P.
    Caleb ParkMay 31, 2015
  • Parker T.
    Parker TApril 20, 2015
    Great hands on gallery, must visit
  • Laura P.
    Laura PanthoferApril 2, 2015
    Amazing collection of instruments and a cool place to visit. Make sure to allow for a few hours to visit since there is so much to see.
  • Kelsey J.
    Kelsey JonesMarch 21, 2015
    Such a fun museum! Much more than we expected.
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn PartridgeJanuary 6, 2015
    Definitely do the audio tour. Very cool museum.
  • jeff s.
    jeff scultDecember 28, 2014
    If you believe music is a thread of global nonverbal communication, that helps define a world culture, and you are a curious sort, this is for u. One of the best museums on the planet.
  • Jean C.
    Jean CarronDecember 1, 2014
    Great place to take the family
  • Bob A.
    Bob AnthonyOctober 26, 2014
    Literature says they have 10,000 instruments. I know 3 hours was not enough to take it all in
  • Black Widow M.
    Black Widow MusicSeptember 1, 2014
    A little bit of everything is here and something sure to suit your fancy in some way.
  • Britt K.
    Britt KirkAugust 9, 2014
    So much to see, plan for a full day.
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LJune 22, 2014
    Go! For any reason!
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly H.December 31, 2013
    There is no "bad seat" in this venue. You are very close to the stage no matter where you sit. Great concerts!
  • Kimberly Q.
    Kimberly QuinonezNovember 16, 2013
    Take tour in this eclectic atmosphere of music instrument appreciation. Go with an open mind. Have fun!
  • Danny I.
    Danny ImesNovember 12, 2013
    If you like to learn in an exciting way, then this is a great venue. It has history, events and hands on activities. The event that showcased iconic women was interesting.
  • Diana B.
    Diana BarrowsSeptember 1, 2013
    Wonderful excursion!
  • Amber T.
    Amber TriniereAugust 3, 2013
    Very awesome please to visit.Your actually allowed to touch the instruments and learn new songs from them, and they have concerts tickets are only $25!
  • Aly C.
    Aly ChandonnetJuly 26, 2013
    Amazing place! Should leave plenty of time to experience the whole museum. As a musician its heaven on earth
  • Mark F.
    Mark ForscherJune 29, 2013
    Go on a Thursday. The museum was practically empty and we spent as long as we wanted in the Experience Gallery playing the instruments.
  • Mini .
    Mini 🐯June 17, 2013
    Give yourself PLENTY of time. So much to see, and well worth the $18!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SeitzApril 15, 2013
    Try the theramin.
  • Nora S.
    Nora SnebergerApril 6, 2013
    Kids loved playing all the cool instruments for about an hour! Cafe was fine.
  • Jody M.
    Jody MayerApril 5, 2013
    Not my typical type of place, but pretty cool. The experience room is definitely not to be missed. The headphones add to the exhibits.
  • Dianne B.
    Dianne BoydApril 4, 2013
    Wear good walking shoes and plan at least 5 hours!
  • Fert V.
    Fert VonBourbonMarch 24, 2013
    Prepare to stay all day
  • Torunn S.
    Torunn SinclairFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Staff member? The restaurant is half-priced on Mondays. Get a cookie. They're delicious!
  • Shelby S.
    Shelby StaatsFebruary 14, 2013
    On the second Saturday of every month, those who bank with Bank of America, get in free!
  • Jenna M.
    Jenna MariFebruary 14, 2013
    Be sure not to miss the Experience Gallery and a bang on the gong. What a great way to get kids excited about music from around the world.
  • Martha T.
    Martha TinkerFebruary 12, 2013
    Wear comfortable shoes, the tile floor is hard on ones feet.
  • Martha T.
    Martha TinkerFebruary 12, 2013
    The African section is very repetitive and uninteresting, the United States and Canada are the most interesting.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CorakJanuary 6, 2013
    Give yourself plenty of time to explore, lots to experience!
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesJanuary 3, 2013
    2012 Best of Phoenix Winner: Best Use of Technology in a Museum! Each display senses when you and your headphones approach and plays the appropriate video and audio! Read more
  • Nancy G.
    Nancy GarrettDecember 10, 2012
    Plan to spend at least four hours. Break the day up with a lunch in the cafeteria - the food is excellent.
  • David L.
    David LaSpalutoNovember 10, 2012
    Participates in Bank of America Program: free access to BoA/Merrill Lynch card holders, 1st full weekend each month. Show card & ID for 1 free general admission/visit
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonSeptember 19, 2012
    With 15,000 instruments from 200 countries, the Musical Instruments Museum has exhibits dating back 7,000 years. Clever technology lets you hear (and see) them in historical context. Essential.
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GSeptember 15, 2012
    Phoenix setting.
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GSeptember 15, 2012
    Half price bottles of wine on Friday nights!
  • Walt P.
    Walt PittsJuly 11, 2012
    This place is amazing. It will take at least a week to see everything.
  • Sara L.
    Sara LeBlancJune 2, 2012
    Be sure to allow plenty of time. There's a lot to see and hear!
  • Zack H.
    Zack HMay 6, 2012
    Check out the new concert series in conjunction with Arizona Opera! Great performances in a great space!
  • Tim P.
    Tim PeterApril 3, 2012
    This place is seriously cool. Budget at least a couple of hours.
  • Brendon B.
    Brendon BiegelMarch 26, 2012
    Take your time and enjoy the exhibits, then make your way to the Experience Gallery where you can actually try some instruments out. If possible see a performance in their auditorium.
  • SeeMail
    SeeMailMarch 25, 2012
    This place is incredible - thousands of instruments from all over the world. Read more
  • Brian S.
    Brian ShiauMarch 24, 2012
    Cafe had terrible service.
  • Ken
    KenFebruary 5, 2012
    Give yourself AT LEAST 4 hours to truly enjoy this amazing place
  • Michele V.
    Michele VlcekJanuary 8, 2012
    Gigantic! A work in progress but there is still plenty to see and appreciate.
  • JK G.
    JK GrenceJanuary 4, 2012
    MIM is an essential Phoenix stop! Get here early, take your time. Take a break for lunch in their terrific café. And have fun banging gongs, taiko, and gamelan in the Experience Music room!
  • Miguel O.
    Miguel OteroNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place for music and culture but don't touch any thing. Just in the experiance gallery
  • Musical Instrument Museum - MIM
    Check our website ( for free-with-admission Museum Encounters and other events. And don't forget to grab a program at Guest Service to see who's coming to the MIM Music Theater.
  • Musical Instrument Museum - MIM
    Play world instruments yourself in our hands-on Experience Gallery!
  • Musical Instrument Museum - MIM
    Guests with young children, please enjoy our Family Center where children can play and parents can rejuvenate.
  • Musical Instrument Museum - MIM
    Don't miss the Artist Gallery, featuring instruments by the likes of Elvis Presley, Carlos Santana, George Benson, Paul Simon, John Lennon, and Eric Clapton (
  • Musical Instrument Museum - MIM
    The Cafe at MIM is open 11-2 daily; menu:
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJuly 11, 2011
    Did you know? The Museum’s collection includes 10,000 instruments, from ancient to contemporary, with every country in the world represented. Read more
  • 98.7 The Peak
    98.7 The PeakMay 9, 2011
    There aren't many who can say they have an instrument from nearly every country of the world...MIM can.
  • Randy L.
    Randy LevitchApril 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to bring children!
  • Erin M.
    Erin ManningMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Free for teachers (and a +1)!
  • Joe Z.
    Joe ZakoorDecember 23, 2010
    great place, must visit again!
  • Tomi B.
    Tomi BrewerOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place. Wear comfortable shoes! I spent 5 hours here!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrownAugust 9, 2010
    Make sure to check out the Experience Gallery and bang-a-gong!
  • DesertRayne
    DesertRayneJuly 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Thursday and Friday its open till 9p instead of 5p!
  • DesertRayne
    DesertRayneJuly 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful facilty and fantastic collection of musical instruments! $15 for a museum that you can spend the whole day in is not bad.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HanleyApril 30, 2010
    Visit the Experience Room and play the Theremin and sound the gong.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HanleyApril 30, 2010
    Visit the Experience Room and play the Theremin and sound the gong
  • fred t.
    fred thomasApril 23, 2010
    Cool place had to leave early will go back later
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CampbellApril 23, 2010
    Really cool!
  • Martina P.
    Martina PapaNovember 10, 2014
    raccolta incredibile di strumenti musicali provenienti sa ogni paese del mondo...tappa obbligata a Phoenix!
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