Posted By Kathie Stauffer on April 22, 2010
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona will open its doors to guests on Saturday, April 24, 2010. MIM, which is the brainchild of former Target CEO Robert Ulrich, is a museum unlike any other. The vision of MIM is to have people from all over the world come together to “be amazed by the beauty and diversity of musical instruments from all across the globe, and be enriched by their sounds and the stories they have to tell.”
The Musical Instrument Museum has a collection of musical instruments from every corner of the Earth which will be on open display for visitors to experience. Many of these instruments are over 50 years old and include items that have been used in royal courts, family heirlooms and pieces that have been donated by world-renowned performers. One of the newest items that will be on display is a Chinese drum used in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Winter Olympics.
Guests will experience each musical instrument within the cultural context for which it is intended. Each visitor to the museum will be given a wireless headset which will be worn while touring the exhibits. As the visitor approaches a display, he will hear the instrument being played either solo or as part of an ensemble. Photography and videos will help to enhance the guest’s experience at each display.
MIM also boasts a 299-seat performance hall with attached recording studio. It will offer live performances by internationally known artists, films, and seminars in an environment that has state-of-the-art acoustics. The recording studio will be able to document encounters that are memorable and possibly even historic in nature.
The museum is located in north Phoenix at the intersection of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Arizona Loop 101. Admission is $15.00 for adults with a discount for seniors and children.
Please visit The Musical Instrument Museum’s website at www.themim.org for a schedule of upcoming events.