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Phoenix has an outstanding array of cultural amenities that provide a wonderful quality of life for residents and a major attraction for visitors and tourists.

Visiting the MIM
By Laura Polk

If you are in the mood for an acoustically entertaining experience, look no further than the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) located in North Phoenix. This incredible museum is home to 4,300 instruments representing all the world’s countries. The MIM features six unique musical instrument galleries to inspire visitors of all ages to “travel the world through music.” 

In the Geographic and Artist galleries, visitors can see, hear and learn about the history and origins of musical instruments from brass to woodwinds. Once you’ve learned more about your favorite rock band instruments, head on over to the Experience gallery for a hands-on practice session. Celebrate the joy of music-making by beating a drum, shaking a tambourine, or playing a pianoforte — this is especially popular with children. Visitors interested in a learning more about musical conservation can head on over to the Preservation Lab and Collier STEM galleries. In the Conservation Lab, visitors can see how the MIM protects and restores instruments and music-related artifacts. The Collier STEM gallery helps visitors further explore how science brings music to life. 

After a full day of history, music and fun, round out your visit to the MIM with one final performance! Once you’ve had a chance to play an instrument, dance your way over to the Mechanical music gallery, which features daily concerts on a 1960s dance organ named “Apollonia” featuring its own rendition of “Copocabana.” The MIM is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for visitors of all ages making it a great way to escape the desert heat during the day. Feeling hungry? Not to worry, you will also find lunch options at Allegro Café and sweet sips at Beats Café.

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Desert Botanical Garden * 480-941-1225 
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Phoenix Art Museum * 602-257-1880 
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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts * 480-499-8587 
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Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix * 602-274-8700 
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Arizona Museum of Natural History * 480-644-2230 
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Arizona Theater Company * 833-282-7328 
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Ballet Arizona * 602-381-0188
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