MIM’s the word…


A couple of years ago, the Musical Instrument Museum opened less than 1/2 hour from our house. We were always meaning to go but before we knew it, two years had passed and we hadn’t made it yet. How does that happen?

Saturday was Brian’s birthday so we decided we would finally hit up the MIM. Seriously, if you live here or ever visit, this is a must see.

musical instrument museum

The museum is split up into regions of the world and you are given an audio guide that actually works. As you approach each country, the audio guide will automatically sync and play the music of the instruments on display, which makes it so much more interesting and interactive than just reading about them.

There were SO many pretty accordions from all around the world, I love how that instrument is a part of the regional music of so many places!

musical instrument museum
musical instrument museum

Music is such an important part of every culture and it was neat to see what a big part of people’s lives it is, no matter the economy or technology of the area- they are going to make music happen! It was really cool to learn about regional music and dance traditions, such as the Scissors Dance in Peru.

musical instrument museum
musical instrument museum

In the Experience Gallery you get to play around with some instruments and I tried my hand at the Theremin. Okay, I totally want one of these now! I never realized that you play this instrument without even touching it! The vertical antenna controls pitch and the horizontal one controls volume. Such a trip!


If you’re interested in more Theremin, check out this video of Clara Rockmore, one of the most famous Theremin players.

It’s funny how when we are on vacation in a new place, we rush around to see everything we possibly can, yet sometimes we overlook places in our own city. Is there a spot in your town you’ve been meaning to visit?

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11 Responses to MIM’s the word…

  1. OMG Lisa! That Theremin instrument is WILD! You’ve got me wanting to go there to try it out, now! That is so true…whenever I’m on vacation I do a million things in one weekend, but I’ll pass up things that I’ve never seen in Arizona and I’ve lived here for almost 8 years now! Guess what…I still have never been to the Grand Canyon! Can you believe that? Yeah…I need to plan a trip to do that soon!

    xx Adrian

  2. Dus says:

    I def know what you mean, we prob went to more museums in our short month trip around Spain than I’ve been combined in Arizona! So great you made it to the musical museum though & looks like you had a blast! Our Indonesian student went a few months ago and I keep saying I’ll head over but maybe I’ll just post her hilarious video and pretend… haha & yes Adrian needs to head to the Grand Canyon asap!

    • lalafauxbois says:

      Ha! I want to see this hilarious video :) It would make a good day spent in AC this summer… So awesome you got to spend a month in Spain!

  3. ashley says:

    What an awesome place to visit! We’ve seen most of what our city has to offer after living here for most of our lives. We’re planning to move to FL next year though and I am SO excited to find all of the new places to go to!

    – ashley

  4. Marisa says:

    I didn’t even know such a place existed! I’m officially wishing I lived where you do – I’m kind of a musical instrument junkie. I have several vintage pianos in my house:) It looks like such a lovely and fun place to visit. Definitely going to mark it on my list of places to go. How awesome does that Theremin look?!

    • lalafauxbois says:

      Okay, we need to do a house swap then because I want to live by your lake for the summer :) Wow, several vintage pianos sound awesome! Literally. :)

  5. Miki says:

    Hi, Lisa! I’ve missed coming here to see what you’re up to!

    This museum is so neat! Especially because let you get your hands on some instruments! :p I bet David would love to visit it.

    Hope you’re having a great week! ;D

  6. chantilly says:

    this is sooooo cool! all these instruments are amazing… those accordions!

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