My travel expenses were all taken care of by Phoenix Arizona CVB.
The culture of music can all be explored in one fantastic place, the Musical Instrument Museum, MIM. MIM is an inspiring venue for sharing the world’s music. Travel the world by experiencing musical instruments in five Geographical Galleries. Using state-of-the-art audio and visual technology, you will hear, see, and feel the creative spirit of people from around the world playing instruments within their cultural context. They have the most amazing way to experience exhibits. I was so impressed. They gave us these headsets, see the photo below.
You were these and as you walk up to an exhibit the music from that time period, group, or location plays and it’s amazing. The way it gradually goes in and out. I could have spent hours in the MIM museum and hope to go back there some day. I have a huge passion for music and loved all of the instruments and history in this place. It was a fantastic experience and one of my favorite past times from the trip. All ages are invited to bang a gong, strum a Burmese harp, and beat on drums from Africa in the Experience Gallery. The Experience Gallery was awesome because you could play on all kinds of instruments. Even instruments that are very rare. You can see instruments and clothing from such music icons as John Lennon, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, Carlos Santana, and more in the Artist Gallery.
And you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the museum preserves and protects instruments from its 15,000-object collection through a window to the Conservation Lab.
I spent an hour in the museum and felt like I didn’t see half of the museum. I was just in awe at all the clarinets, trumpets, stringed instruments and pianos. I mean, I had no idea there were really zither’s, I thought that was just a made up word from Dr. Seuss. I don’t remember how many hours they said they had of recorded material but it’s so immense that it would take weeks to listen to it all.
Check out this Harpsichord:
And this reed organ. I had one of these as a child
I’m really excited about the Musical Instrument Museum, so much so that it’s very hard to organize my thoughts about it. From location in the world, to time period to artist this museum pretty much has it all.