Favorite Destinations in Phoenix AZ - Musical Instruments Museum

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 SA585680000

One of my favorite places in Phoenix is the Musical Instruments Museum -  a collection of more than 6800 musical instruments, organized geographically by continent, by region and by country in five Geographic Galleries.  As you enter, a screen greets you with images of musicians and dancers and the message: Music is the langiage of the soul!

 

MIM Music is the language of the soul

 

If your time permits, I would strongly recommend to join one of the docent tours - they are very insightful, entertaining stories about how to navigate the MIM galleries; also each docent story will reflect their specific music expertise or interest. I have attended tours where the docent was an expert on percussions and he started the tour in Africa and took us through the continents, explaining how percussion music was created in different geographies. Another docent, experienced in Mongolian string instruments, pointed out curious details about the music and culture - he took us to the video demonstarting music resembling the sound of a galloping horse. 

 

 

The Artist Gallery has instruments, stage outfits and performance video of many world renowed musicians - Joshua Bell, Elvis, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Tito Puente, Ravi Shankar, Johnny Cash, Celia Cruz and many more.

Mechanical Music Gallery has instruments designed to play on their own. At 3pm daily is the demonstration of the 25-foot wide Apollonia orchestration. Do you remember your Grandparents having one of those?

 

 

The Experience Gallery encourages guests of all ages to try playing various instruments - there are several harps, which strangly enough are always well-tuned, guitars, xylophones, maracas, drums and more. 

 

 

Experience Kids has various age-related programs - for ages 6-12 Junior Museum Guides; for ages 0-5 Mini Music Makers; for ages 6-10 there are Musical Adventures which gives kids the opportunity to create musical instruments from different parts of the world  and then find them in the geographic libraries. I can see that the parents have equal fun in those events, too. Last week, during the Experience France event, the invitation was to create Chapeau Chinois (Bell Tree). I will let you read from the description in the photos below what it is. 

 

Once a month, the Signature Events invite us to immerse in one culture or one artist's life time perfomances. During those two-day highly interactive events we can see musicians and dancers performing art from the selected geography, hear guest lecturers and curator talks. I recorded for us the accordion performance of local musician Tony Petrino, strolling along the corridors during the Experience France event, and Bartholomew Faire, performing French Renaissance music.

 

Summer months in the Phoenix Metro may not be inviting us to be outdoors much, however they are great for visiting this unique collections of musical instruments and experiences.

Musical Instuments Museum is located at 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050. It is open 9 a.m - 5 p.m. every day.

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This blog is my participation in the Summer Fun Contest - Show off your town! hosted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886  in the month of July 2019. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor®

HomeSmart Elite Group
Tel:  (480) 966-9353

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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Hi Steffy Hristova I love going to MIM! One of favorite places to bring visitors or just meet a friend or two for a couple of hours. And concerts are awesome!!

Jul 17, 2019 01:58 PM #1
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Steffy,

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 had mentioned the Phoenix Music museum to me when I wrote a post about the hurdy-gurdy man.  Next time given time permits, we will do that.  A

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Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 , yes concerts are wonderful. The concert hall has great accoustics and it is very intimate, with about 300 seats.

Jul 18, 2019 09:47 AM #3
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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel , I think you will find it an enjoyable place, full of good vibes. I hope to meet you in person when you visit Phoenix.

Jul 18, 2019 09:49 AM #4
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Steffy Hristova - the is a really cool museum. This is a place I would like to visit. 

Jul 18, 2019 11:41 AM #5
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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The Phoenix Musical Instruments Museum has to be of interest to music lovers in your area, Steffy.

Jul 18, 2019 04:12 PM #6
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Hi Steffy Hristova  - You have an amazing Musical Instruments Museum! That would be a place I would love to visit and stick around for the musicians too! I wish there was one in Dallas - Fort Worth! 

Thanks for sharing these wonderful photographs! I am very impressed. 

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Hi Grant Schneider , the Musical Instruments Museum is open most every day - even on New Year's Day. It is a fun experience.

Jul 20, 2019 07:20 AM #8
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat , it's a private museum, inpired by a similar smaller one in Belgium. The owner, who is originally from Minnesota, found land in Phoenix and built it here - I think it is very well attended all the time with programs for all age groups, starting from age 0-5.

Jul 20, 2019 07:25 AM #9
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP , it would be a good reason to visit Phoenix. :) I was hoping to capture some of spirit and atmosphere with the photos, I could not figure out how to upload the video, though - I am glad you enjoyed them.

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Hello Stefft,  I had a friend moving down to your area in the winters months and come back in the summer time to Denver,  I will tell him about this place.

 

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Hi Will Hamm , thank you very much! That will be wonderful!

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