Tomorrow marks the opening of the Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix, and the new museum is a landmark for Phoenix and the country.
You may be wondering what goes in a museum like this, except, well, instruments. For starters, it goes way beyond the recorders you had in 3rd grade music class. Different areas showcase instruments from around the world, from countries you probably haven’t heard of.
There will be some special eye candy that you will recognize, though. John Lennon’s piano is there, all the way to modern “artifacts” like instruments from the recent Black Eyed Peas tour. The best part is that they’re not behind glass. That doesn’t mean you can go play “Imagine” or anything, but the founder, Bob Ulrich, wanted the guests to be able to see the instruments up-close.
And when all the “seeing” has built up in you, you can go to the Experience Room to play a whole bunch of instruments from around the world yourself, including a huge gong. What’s not to love about banging a gong?
The Museum is also going to have concerts, starting with this weekend to kick it all off. On Sunday at 6:30pm Grammy award-winning folk and bluegrass fiddler, singer and songwriter Laurie Lewis, and bluegrass collaborator Tom Rozum will perform.
Prices for the MIM are affordable too, with adults at $15, seniors $13, kids 6-17 $10, and kids under 6 are free. The MIM is open 9am – 5pm Monday – Wednesday and Saturdays, 9am -9pm Thursday – Friday, and 10am – 5pm on Sundays.
For deets on the concert this Sunday and the Spring Concert Series (and just to check out the space), visit themim.org.
Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050