Bang Some Gongs at MIM
Don a headset, approach an exhibit, and wirelessly listen to African thumb piano or Mongolian throat singing at the vast Musical Instrument Museum. Besides browsing some 15,000 artifacts that represent different musical genres, visitors can catch a concert, take a drumming class, or recharge at the café, which serves global fare made from local products.
By Elaine Glusac, AFAR Contributor
Music. Culture. Scottsdale.
It’s about time North Scottsdale found its cultural rhythm. The Musical Instrument Museum is bringing sounds from around the world together in a 200,000 square foot space dedicated to sharing music with the masses. The MIM uses special audiovisual technology to give visitors an exceptional experience. As you move through the space in your wireless headset, hotspots fill your ears with the melodies of faraway lands and American legends while audio clips provide great tidbits of musical history. The MIM brings together music and instruments from over 200 countries and territories around the world. Add to that the special exhibitions, workshops, kids activities and regular live concerts, and the MIM has quickly become the destination for music and culture in the area. Swing by the MIM Café while you’re there to refuel before heading to the Experience Gallery and trying your hand at banging the drum and strumming the guitar. Stop by and I promise you’ll lose yourself for an entire afternoon.
By Lindsey E Keeler, AFAR Local Expert
The most amazing museum right in my backyard.
We've traveled near and far and been to plenty of museums. Nothing compares the Music Instrument Museum. There are instruments displayed from every country in the world. Next to the instrument is a flat screen tv showing a 30 second clip of locals playing the instrument in their native land. It's the most engaging and entertaining museum with an awesome restaurant serving local cuisine.
Playing around in Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum
Kids of all ages (and tastes, I might add) will love toodling around in this surprising wonderful museum.
By Gisele Perez
4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
Sun 10am - 5pm
Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm