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Musical Instrument Museum

The creators of the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) transformed desert scrub into a world-class repository of music makers in 2010. Inside the handsome bi-level building, antique and futuristic instruments from countries familiar and foreign are presented country-by-country in detailed vignettes wired for sound; guests simply stroll into range wearing headphones to hear musical samples and native tongues. In addition to a permanent-and-growing collection, the MIM regularly mounts thematic exhibits, hosts touring assemblages, and presents live performances by multifarious, mind-bending masters.

Tatum & Mayo Blvds., Phoenix, 480.478.6000, www.mim.org