Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85050
480-478-6000
Best Of

Details

  • Sun 10am-5pm, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
This privately-funded museum located in North Scottsdale opened in April 2010 and totally delivered on the hype preceding it. It's a beautiful, open and inviting space with a contemporary Southwestern vibe and their collection of more than 15,000 instruments includes examples of musical artifacts from nearly every nation on the globe. The best part about the experience though, is that each of the displays magically senses your presence and plays appropriate audio (through wireless headphones provided by the museum) and video on flat-panel monitors. You'll hear the sounds of instruments from places the average traveler has likely never been and get a chance for some good old fashioned celebrity worship at the museum's Artist Gallery. Larger countries such as India, China and Russia boast multiple displays with subsections highlighting their different types of ethnic, folk and tribal music. And food lovers have something to look forward to as well since the MIM cafe serves up global cuisine at a pretty fair price.

Related Stories (88)

  • 30 Best Concerts in February in Phoenix
    11 days ago by Phoenix New Times

    Stephen Kellogg - Tuesday, February 2 - Crescent Ballroom There's a reason the somewhat vague term "Americana" fits for a wide expanse of sounds and region-specific musical traditions. As expansive and eclectic as the country itself...

  • 8 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend
    29 days ago by Phoenix New Times

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further. Here are the best concerts happening in Metro Phoenix this weekend. Check out our comprehensive online concert calendar for even more live music options. Monterey Jazz Festi...

  • The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week
    1 month ago by Becky Bartkowski

    New Times picks the best arts and culture events from January 11 to 16. Naughty or Nice Bingo It's barely two weeks into 2016 and we're willing to bet you've already settled into a boring routine. Don't give up! Buy a motorcycl...

  • 11 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix Over Christmas Weekend
    2 months ago by Becky Bartkowski

    Between scoping out the best holiday lights displays throughout the Valley, wrapping up last-minute shopping, and balancing out your cookie consumption with hiking, here are 11 things to add to your to-do list that'll be totall...

Load More Articles

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >