Music and instruments from around the world. A collection of more than 16,000 instruments, celebrity instruments and live music.
Explore the world through music at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). This unique museum, which displays instruments and objects from every country in the world, is ranked Phoenix's number one attraction on TripAdvisor and the fourth Best Museum for Families nationwide by USA Today Travel. MIM features an expansive collection of instruments from around the world. Guests can explore and experience the rich diversity of the world's music in the 200,000-square-foot building, which includes two floors of galleries, the MIM Music Theater, and Café Allegro. With more than 6,000 instruments and objects on display, MIM is organized into five Geographic Galleries that each focus on a distinct global region. The galleries employ wireless technology and video screens, enabling museum guests to see instruments, hear their sounds and observe them being played in their original settings—performances that are often as spectacular as the instruments. A popular area is the Artist Gallery which highlights iconic instruments from celebrities like Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Taylor Swift, Carlos Santana and many others! Another hotspot is the Experience Gallery, where guests will find guitars to strum, rattles to shake, gongs to bang and other intriguing instruments that can be handled and played. Throughout the year, MIM schedules family focused events to engage all generations. Programs provide exciting opportunities for the whole family to celebrate music, instruments and cultures from around the world. Each themed Family Weekend features music by and for children, fun and educational programs for all ages and unique hands-on activities. MIM Music Theater hosts approximately 200 concerts each year in an acoustically superb space. From jazz to classical, bluegrass to singer/songwriters, MIM is an unparalleled venue for enjoying old favorites and experiencing new sounds from around the world.