A few years ago I heard that a musical instrument museum was being built in the northern end of the city. I didn’t think much about it, I mean really, how could a museum of instruments be interesting? Boy, was I wrong! If you live anywhere near Phoenix or are planning a visit, this museum would be a wonderful way to beat the heat and simply enjoy a few hours.
The Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix
The best thing they did with this museum is they made it highly interactive. Upon entering the museum, you are given a headset that allows you to fully immerse yourself. It is a completely wild experience! More on that in a minute. When you arrive, head for the middle of the museum, the stairs around the inlay map of the world (which I just love). Upstairs, you will find the galleries that allow you to put on your headset and visit different places around the world.
The galleries are broken up into regions and seamlessly continue from one to the next. My advice is to start on one end of the museum and go from there. As you put on your headphones, the music playing in your ears will change from exhibit to exhibit. You can go from screen displaying the drumbeats of Africa to Classical Austrian chamber music to Spanish Flamenco. It is truly extrordinary! It is not uncommon to see people dancing in front of the exhibit they are watching on the screens.
This is what makes the museum a special experience for any person of any age. Not only do you hear the music of the world but you can also see all the different types of instruments that are from that region. For those that want even more detail, there are placards next to the instruments that tell more about them. Throughout the museum, there are docents eager to instill even more knowledge upon you as they show you instruments that you can touch and interact with.
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If you have little ones, be sure to take them downstairs to the hands on gallery where they can touch and play some of the instruments in that room. A warning though, it can get very loud in this room. Also downstairs, is the auditorium concert hall where they regularly have performances. It is a nice small venue in which I hope to see many more preformances.
From historical to modern, from common to unique, the instruments and the music housed in this museum are sure to be a great experience for all. For more information including hours and location, you can find it on their website.
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