“experience the history of musical instruments”
MIM offers a shared experience of the history of musical instruments throughout the world. The 200,000 square-foot space is bright and open, providing guests with a warm and comfortable environment. Guests are introduced to MIM through the Orientation Gallery on the first floor showcasing the artistry, diversity, and movement of musical instruments from around the world. On the second floor, guests can venture into different regions of the world to discover the complete orchestra of a Chinese opera, a big-band jazz ensemble, or all the instruments of a mariachi band, among others. The collection includes instruments from around two hundred countries and territories in the world. Some larger countries such as India, China, Russia, the United States, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and others have multiple displays with subsections for different types of ethnic, folk, and tribal music. The instruments have both historic and artistic merit and many are more than fifty years old. MIM’s goal is to acquire instruments that have been used for folk and tribal occasions wherever possible.
The best part of MIM is that it's an interactive experience. Not only do you get to see instruments from around the world, in most cases you get to listen to them also. Upon entering the museum, you're given a receiver with a headset (I recommend bringing your own headphones instead of using theirs). Almost every section has a TV with clips showing how the instruments are made, what they sounds like, etc.
The whole museum is beautifully arranged and it's fascinating to travel through each country hearing how each region influences the next, yet each has its own distinct sounds and traditions. I have only been to this museum once, but would definitely go back again.
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Musical Instrument Museum
- Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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