Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, Arizona. Report from Monique Bourbeau
I had been advised to visit the Museum of Musical Instruments in Phoenix, Arizona (https://mim.org/). While there in January, I thought why not, and I did not regret it! Although it is in the city, it is on the outskirts and it is better to have a car to get there, otherwise it takes a good 2 hours of public transport to reach it.
It is a huge museum and if you are interested in the instruments, one day is only just enough to go around it!
It is both a museum and also a concert hall/theatre. During my visit, there was also a temporary exhibition on the history of the electric guitar ... .I did not visit it for lack of time.
The museum features instruments from 5 continents and the rooms are subdivided by country. In each display section representing a country, there is a screen that activates when you arrive in front of it, thanks to a device with earphones that you are given at the entrance: a very effective technology that saves you plugging in unnecessarily. Then, you can then see and hear one of the instruments in demonstration.
In addition to instruments grouped by country, there are also special themes such as, for example, musical instruments made with recycled objects, robotic musical devices and music boxes. Another room will introduce you to famous singers or bands.
Want to play percussion instruments? A room puts them at your disposal for you to try! Various workshops are also offered to visitors.
I had barely 3 hours to visit the museum. As I like exotic countries and the unknown, I did not visit America and Europe, but I did see the other 3 continents, and I was amazed.
A selection of other interesting instruments at the Museum