The Musical Instrument Museum; A gem for musicians of all ages

I couldn't believe the multitude of musical instruments I saw at the Musical Instrument Museum.

And how certain brass and woodwind instruments evolved over the centuries and continents.

That's what you'll see and hear and more at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Over the Holidays this past Christmas, I got the chance to visit this Museum for the first time. They were actually open on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

The museum, ranked one of the top 20 museums in the U.S., is organized by continent. Each continent has its own room, where each country has a display showing the instruments within its culture.

As you get closer to each exhibit, you can hear a few selections from each country on your headphones (that were given to you upon admission).

I can tell you that there were high quality performances for every display.

And the instruments!

Some were so unique and some were legendary (Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet for example).

If you ever get the chance to get to Phoenix, definitely make this museum one of your stops.

Here are some pictures I took on my recent visit- I was obviously focused on the trumpets and saxes – Enjoy!









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  1. Charles Hines Jr. says

    Wow! thanks for sharing Donna,

    Happy New Year!, Am gonna plan to visit this museum. This museum looks to be very interesting and provides some wonderful history of musical instruments….can’t wait to see the history and evolution of the Trumpet.


    • To you too, Charles! Yes, there are some great trumpet exhibits and they picked terrific audio/video performances – Alison Balsam, Dizzy, Miles, Allen Vizzutti. I forgot to mention that they have world-class concerts there too. (Ex. David Sandborn)

  2. Dennis Canther says

    Thanks for sharing about this museum. I live an hour and a half away from Phoenix and have never been there but would love to go. I visited the museum of music in Carlsbad, CA and it was fun and educational.
    This sounds like a must – see.

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