Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. There’s one museum we’ve been avoiding with the kids. But we went this month – and it was amazing!!
The Musical Instrument Museum has over 8,000 instruments on display, from more than 200 countries. The unique aspect of this museum is the headsets, which automatically connect to the visual or audio at each display as you move around the rooms. It’s truly fascinating to see what different cultures use for music, how it is expressed, and learn about some of the famous people responsible for spreading the knowledge! It’s like geography, history, and art museum built into one!
So why haven’t we taken our kids sooner?? Shortly after MIM opened in April 2010, Jana and Chris paid a visit and while it was enjoyable, and welcoming to children, the atmosphere was more studious and reflective.
Now? The MIM has added to include kid music classes, a hands-on musical instrument room, and better fitting headsets to accommodate children. Seriously, the hands-on room was amazing! The kids could try so many types of real instruments! And while quiet browsing is still requested in the galleries, there are amazing volunteers happy to answer any and all questions, eager to pass along musical knowledge to the next generation.
We highly recommend paying a visit to this museum! Note that the headsets may not fit littles the best under 4, but our 2 year still managed to keep hers on. If interest in the gallery is waning, pay a visit to the hands-on instrument room! Take a break for snacks at the cafe too, visit the gift shop, and then return to browse.
The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is located near Tatum and the 101 and is open daily from 9 am-5 pm. Adults are $20, teens (ages 13-19 are $15, children (ages 4-12) are $10; 3 and under are free. Strollers are welcome. No food or drinks is allowed in the galleries, but there is a family room with restrooms for break time. Masks are currently optional.
Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050