Musical Instrument MuseumCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
Musical Instrument Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the whole world. The museum houses a mind blowing collection of more than 15000 musical instruments. Instruments from all possible places in the world find a place in this museum.
This Museum of Musical Instruments was founded by Robert J. Ulrich and a friend in the year 2010. Mr. Ulrich was an African art collector and a world museum enthusiast. He took inspiration from the musical museum of Belgium and decided to start this.
The most remarkable collections are-
- Indian, Russian and European instruments.
- The collection of Africa is divided into parts representing different genres of music.
The Ground Level:
- The Artist Gallery- This place is filled with photographs, video footages, concert outfits and other such objects linked to many talented and famous singers and musicians.
- The Experience Gallery- This is probably the most interesting part where visitors can get hands on experience of trying various instruments.
- The Target Gallery- This houses the permanent as well the travelling collections of instruments of the museum.
- The Conservation Lab, the Museum Cafe as well as the Museum store make the other parts of the floor.
The Upper Level:
- The Africa and Middle East Gallery- This place has a number of rare instruments from the Sub- Saharan, Middle Eastern and North African countries.
- The Asia and Oceania Gallery- This part comprises of lovely collections from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Central Asia and the Caucasus.
- The European Gallery, Latin Gallery and the USA galleries are other beautiful parts in this floor.
- There is a large theatre as well as a cafe inside the museum.
- Gift cards are available. Please contact 480-478-6000 or just visit the website.
- Teens (13-19) - $15.00
- Children (4-12) - $10.00
- Children (ages 3 and under) – Free
- ‘Beyond the Beat’ special exhibition: $10 or $7 when purchased with museum admission.
- The various programs and events hours vary always. Check the official website for the current details.
- Last entry is an hour before closing hour.
- Bus numbers 44 and 186 till Tatum Blvd and Mayo Blvd
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87.82% of people who visit Phoenix include Musical Instrument Museum in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
74.81% of people start their Musical Instrument Museum visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Musical Instrument Museum
92.25% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Musical Instrument Museum
This place was a truly breathtaking and wonderful experience! If you're a lover of music and history, you will definitely love it here. When you first walk in and buy your ticket, they give you head phones that automatically connect to the televisions throughout the museum, which provide musical selections based on the instruments/region. Walking past the front desk, there's a speciality gallery of instruments (depending on what the museum decides to showcase) and once you meander through there, upstairs is where the magic happens. Upstairs is broken up into regions that have their own separate massive galleries, further breaking down the different countries/cultures within that region and the music/instruments associated with it. As you read about the many instruments of the different areas, the televisions within each section provide about 3-5 selections of music. Occasionally within the different sections, there's areas were there's strictly history portions and "how it's made" sections as well. There's even a section about the science of music, which is fascinating. Once your adventure ends upstairs, downstairs there's a couple different galleries downstairs dedicated to artists and such plus an area that has various instruments for you to try out and play yourself. They have a conservation lab as well but nothing was happening in there when I went. There's also a cafe downstairs, which at first I thought why until I realized it tasks quite a while to get through the whole gallery. My only regret is not having nearly enough time to spend listening to everything so make sure you have plenty of time - for reference it took me 4.5 hours to get through it all reading 1/2 of everything and only listening to 2 or 3 of the selections of music.
Well worth your time and money! They have many interesting exhibits, some interesting hands on stuff for kids, a very cool collection of memorabilia from artists ranging from Elvis, to Johnny Cash, to Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift. One thing to remember is to give yourself plenty of time. We were there 4 hours and still didn't see it all.
Lots to see. Great way to see and hear different instruments, different music from ancient to current, many artists and interaction. Do think the Blues and Jazz areas needed more development. Also American and Canadian area had instruments and person more suited for the Blues as well as Jazz section rather than just a city. In fact nothing was showing the Blues section in Chicago (amplified) or New York for Jazz. Otherwise it's pretty good and you need two days to cover all the sections through my much less any special features and performances. Directions to the museum should include a bypass around downtown Phoenix to make it more accessible.
This is a such an amazing museum to visit! I am sad that I didn't get to spend nearly enough time there to see everything but it is definitely worth it if you have any interest in musical instruments and their history. Plan on being there for at least 3-4 hours if you want to really see everything the museum has to offer!
Absolutely love this museum! Thousands of instruments to look at and learn about. I've been a few times and spend hours each time. I've heard the whole thing can be done in a single visit, but there's so much you could come back a dozen times and still learn or see or hear something new. Partly that's because they frequently change exhibits. You definitely get your bang for the buck, especially if you become a member. It's a very modern design. It's clean and tidy. You wear a headset and as you walk up to displays they automatically start playing in your headset. So cool! You can hear and see video examples of most of the instruments: so fascinating! There's a room downstairs where you can touch and play some of them, which is great--my only disappointment when going through the museum is I can't touch everything! The gift shop is a must see too. There's a cafe in the museum. I've stopped there for a treat but there are cheaper eateries only a few minutes away. This is on my top 5 list of places to visit in Phoenix. I'm a bit biased because I love music, but I can't imagine anyone not enjoying themselves here. I definitely recommend going at least once!