Today was the first rainy day since December. And boy did it rain! The roads were flooded and the sun only came out in very short snippets. So it was a bit of a bummer, even though people who live out here always say things like “I love the rain”, Enjoying the rain” and things like that. Those words will never come out of my mouth, but I guess we need the rain sometimes.
If you come across a rainy day like this, here’s a suggestion for a really nice day and you will not believe how fast the hours slip away. My husband, Ed and I went to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in North Phoenix (Tatum Rd and the 101). It is easy to get to (especially from our Troon North vacation rental, www.breovacationrentals.com) and it is immediately off the exit at the 101. You can see it from the highway.
Ed was sure we would be in and out in 1 hour. We spent 4 hours there and still had so much we did not see. Seriously, we need to go again to finish it. They give you wireless headsets so you can do your tour any way you want to do it. There is no order you need to follow. You pick and choose what you want to see and what you do not want to see. When you stand in front of an exhibit (and a TV monitor), you will automatically hear the music on the TV monitor in front of you. The way they have laid out the museum is great. They had a special exhibit call Women Who Rock. They also have a Mechanical Music Gallery (where you see self-playing instruments) and an Experience Gallery (where you can touch and try some instruments). There is also an Artists Gallery (where they have items like John Lennon’s piano on display). And then the bulk of the galleries are sectioned by geographical regions. There is Africa and Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Europe, Latin America and United States/Canada.
So this IS what we did get to see today:
- Women in Rock Exhibit
- The Mechanical Gallery
- Africa and Middle East
- Asia and Oceania
- Latin America (very little because it was closing time…so we need to revisit this one)
- United States/Canada (not completely…as the closing time was coming soon…revisit required)
There is a Steinman grand piano in the lobby and invariably, someone will always sit down and start playing. Two people did that today and the music just wafts through the museum. It’s a lovely touch!
Their café is quite good, so if you plan a whole day there, you can get lunch.
It’s a great way to spend a day or an afternoon and you will learn a lot. The history of music, throughout the world is really quite interesting. The instruments are amazing from country to country, throughout the world.
The Musical Instrument Museum Website:
Check out Lady Gaga’s infamous “meat dress” below, from the Women Who Rock exhibit. Also check out one of the instruments on display and something that is now obsolete – vinyl albums.
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