Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix)
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The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Opened in April 2010,  it is the largest museum of its type in the world. The collection of over 15,000 musical instruments and associated objects includes examples from nearly 200 countries and territories, representing every inhabited continent. Some larger countries such as India, China, Russia, the United States and Congo have multiple displays with subsections for different types of ethnic, folk, and tribal music.
The Museum was founded by Robert J. Ulrich, former CEO and chairman of Target Corporation. An avid collector of African art and a world museum enthusiast, Ulrich and his friend Mr. Felix originated the idea after a visit to the Instrument Museum in Brussels, Belgium.
The contemporary building covers approximately 200,000 square-feet, with two floors of light-filled galleries. Built at a cost of over $250 million, it creates an exciting musical experience for visitors. The exhibit for each country features a high-resolution video showing local musicians performing on native instruments. Visitors can listen to the performances through wireless headphones that are activated automatically when an exhibit is being observed.
The facility contains a 299-seat theater for concerts, which are held primarily after regular hours. There are also two cafes, with both indoor and outdoor seating.
A large number of musical luminaries have appeared at MIM, including Motown's Martha Reeves, Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Ronnie Spector, jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, and Grammy-award winner George Benson.
- The Artist Gallery - Instruments, video concert footage, photographs, performance outfits, and other special items linked to world-renowned musicians and music innovators.
- The Experience Gallery - A hands-on opportunity for guests to play many of the types of instruments seen elsewhere in the museum.
- The Mechanical Music Gallery - Instruments designed to play on their own.
- The Target Gallery - Special traveling exhibitions.
- The Conservation Lab - An opportunity to see instruments being restored and preserved.
- The Geographical Galleries - A gallery for each continent, with instruments exhibited by country.
- Special Displays of iconic American manufacturers of instruments, including Steinway and Sons, C. F. Martin & Co., D'Addario & Co., and Fender Musical Instruments.
Officers and Management
Currently, the Board of Directors includes eight people. The Founders Wall was created in 2010, when the Museum was completed, and features the names of actual founders, in addition to those who gave significant gifts.
- Nilsen, Richard (April 18, 2010). "Former Target CEO Bob Ulrich orchestrates creation of MIM". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- http://www.themim.org/pdf/Press/MIM_Press_Release-Post_Grand_Opening.pdf Museum press release, April 24, 2010
- Lewis, Randy (April 18, 2010), "Beating the drum for Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum", L.A. Times
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