Musical Instrument Museum
Collection/Program Scope and Focus
Musical Instrument Museum is a global collection of musical instruments with
supporting documentation, including written contextual data on the instruments,
their makers, and the communities that use them, with audio and video
recordings to illustrate performance practice and social use.
addition to instrument collections, the Musical Instrument Museum has a
conservation lab, a media lab, and a theater with full studio recording
Hill. MA in organology, Edinburgh University, 2005; primary curatorial
responsibility: North America; primary research area: history of the electric
Linsenmeyer. PhD in musicology, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2009;
primary curatorial responsibility: Europe; primary research area: historicism
and the cultural history of violin making in Europe.
Post. PhD in ethnomusicology and South Asian Studies, University of Minnesota,
1982; primary curatorial responsibility: Asia, North Africa, Middle East,
Oceania; primary research areas: Inner Asian landscape and music; South Asian
Villepastour. PhD in ethnomusicology, SOAS, 2006; primary curatorial
responsibility: Africa; research areas: Nigerian and Cuban batá drumming.
General Collection/Program Statement
Musical Instrument Museum pays homage to the familiar and unfamiliar sounds of
the world’s cultures as expressed through music—music that has been used in
rites, festivals, ceremonies, or just for listening pleasure. This unique
museum is also a world-class center for ethnomusicology.
No other musical instrument collection in the world can fascinate and inspire
its guests quite like MIM. The museum provides a place where people of diverse
backgrounds can experience instruments and music from cultures around the
world. This experience not only reinforces what is unique about cultures, but
also what they share. It helps us to understand the musical contributions of
global cultures and people’s expression of life, art, and ritual.
Chosen from each of the countries and territories of the world, the
approximately ten thousand instruments at MIM represent the music of people
from all walks of life—from the instruments played in the courts of kings to
the locally crafted instruments cherished by families across the globe.
Wireless technology immerses guests in the sound of the instruments, while they
gain historical and cultural perspectives through photographs and other
contextual materials. Video on high-resolution flat screens also gives visitors
the rare opportunity to see instruments performed — a sight often as impressive
as the sound the instruments make. Many instruments are displayed outside of
cases so they can be easily viewed. Workshops show how certain instruments are
made, and an Experience Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to touch, play,
and hear instruments from diverse ethnic cultures.
The 299-seat music theater at the Museum is hosting international, national,
and local musical performances. The Museum has also established an education
and outreach program that area schools and other community members will have
access to beginning in Fall 2010.
The Musical Instrument Museum opened its doors to the public in April 2010. Its
curators will continue to collect, document, and contribute to the development
of new designs for exhibits that represent a wide range of musical traditions
from every corner of the globe.
Fellowships, Internships, and Other Support
for organology, ethnomusicology, musicology, media studies, and library science
students may be available beginning in late 2010.
Post, Associate Curator of Musical Instruments, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725
E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050 USA; 480-478-6059; Main line 480-478-6000;
Villepastour, Assistant Curator of Musical Instruments, Musical Instrument
Museum, 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050 USA; 480-478-6068; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Website: http://www.themim.org
The content for Musical Instrument Museum was
last updated June 23, 2010.