Acoustic America: Iconic Guitars, Mandolins, and Banjos

Acoustic America: Iconic Guitars, Mandolins, and Banjos, MIM’s newest exhibition, presents a once-in-a-lifetime collection of 90 historic stringed instruments—mandolins, guitars, banjos, ukuleles, and more—that have shaped generations of American music since before the Civil War.

Legends of American Folk Music

See unique details on authentic instruments owned and played by banjo superstar and bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs, folk icon Elizabeth Cotten, blues musician Mississippi John Hurt, stars of the Grand Ole Opry, and others. Notably, more than 30 special instruments from the personal collection of mandolin virtuoso David Grisman are on public display for the first time.

Acoustic America illustrates the overlapping histories of exceptional soloists and songwriters, groundbreaking manufacturers, and novel inventions, illuminating how diverse origins combine into enduring traditions.

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85050
• $7 with paid museum admission • $10 Special exhibition only for ages 20 and up • $4 for ages 4-19 • Free for ages 3 and under.
Recurring daily
From: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
(480) 478-6000
(480) 478-6000