The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) showcases the musical instruments and music of cultures throughout the world. Displaying more than 6,000 instruments and objects, MIM has quickly become a favorite destination for music lovers, world travelers, culture enthusiasts and families. The museum, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2015, also offers monthly events, an acoustically superb theater hosting 200+ concerts per year and workshops that enhance the immersive experience.
Ranked the area’s number one attraction by TripAdvisor and among the four best museums for families in the nation by USA Today Travel, MIM is a must-visit destination.
Using state‐of-the‐art audiovisual technology to show musical instruments being played in their original cultural context, MIM provides a one-of‐a‐kind experience. The bulk of MIM’s collection is organized into five Geographical Galleries which feature exhibits for every country in the world. MIM curators traveled the world collecting instruments to create more than 360 displays.
MIM highlights include the Artist Gallery which displays instruments played by notable artists such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift and more. Another favorite space is the Experience Gallery where guests can touch, play and hear an array of instruments ranging from banjos and a Theremin to a Javanese gamelan and a giant gong.
And don’t miss Café Allegro! Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the award-winning café serves a changing menu of foods prepared from scratch, using fresh, local ingredients.