Disclosure: My visit to the Musical Instrument Museum was complimentary as part of my attendance at a press trip in Phoenix. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely love Phoenix. The desert landscape is beautiful, and there are so many things to do with kids. When I first learned that I’d be visiting the Music Instrument Museum in Phoenix during the spring Phoenix family travel media trip, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I just couldn’t picture what would But I was certainly pleasantly surprised at the museum, and would definitely recommend a visit on your next family vacation to Phoenix.
A review of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona
The Musical Instrument Museum is a relatively new addition to the Phoenix museum scene, having opened in 2010. It showcases musical instruments and music as a part of culture, and the exhibits focus on different cultures. Kids learn so much more than just music – they can actually learn about various cultures and countries. Wearing special headphones, you’ll hear the music of a culture as you approach each gallery. While listening, you can see the different instruments of the culture that are on display. This multimedia experience makes the museum a fun place to visit with kids, especially for slightly older kids who may be able to apply what they see and hear to what they have learned in school. The museum offers more than 6,500 musical instruments on display (with even more as part of the collection).
There’s also a hands-on experience room, which is great for kids, as well as the Artist’s Gallery, featuring musical instruments from popular musicians, including John Lennon’s piano. The Musical Instrument Museum is also home to many great local concerts and shows, as well as children’s programs.
The museum offers a cafe, a museum shop, and a music theater. The Musical Instrument Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving. One or two day passes are available. The two-day pass is a good value if you expect to spend more than one day at a museum. Just keep in mind that you can only buy those passes at the museum, and you must use the second day within seven days of purchase. The museum reports that it can be busy on weekday mornings because of field trips, so plan accordingly. If you are visiting with kids, plan to spend a few hours on your visit. The Musical Instrument Museum can be a great place to escape the heat, so an afternoon visit may be best.
Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050