Explore new legendary musical instruments in Rediscover Treasures! Reserve your exhibition tickets ›
Signature Event activities are included with paid museum admission; free for members.
Tickets for Rediscover Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments are $7 with paid museum admission or $10 special exhibition only for ages 20 and up, $4 for ages 4–19, and free for ages 3 and under.
Rediscover works of art that highlight the unique power and storied history of music. Experience new additions, new stories, and new masterpieces.
Programming supported in part by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and Arizona Commission on the Arts
Demonstration: Pipe Organ
Hear one of MIM’s biggest treasures: our pipe organ! This 1859 Robjohn pipe organ, which features hand-carved rosewood casework, 502 pipes, and 10 stops, and will stun you with its musical power!
Curator Talk: Stories Behind the Instruments
Event Room 2
Dive deeper into the stories behind the instruments in Rediscover Treasures. Curators Daniel Piper and Eddie Chia-Hao Hsu share fascinating details about historical instruments from Mesopotamia, China, Japan, Iran, Turkey, and Oceania.
Curator Talk: What Makes a Treasure
Event Room 2
Learn about the many ways instruments can be defined as treasures as curators Matthew Zeller and Rich Walter share insight into the process of refreshing MIM’s Rediscover Treasures exhibition, focusing on instruments from Europe and the United States.
Craft: Goblet Drum
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
South El Río
Create your own musical treasure to play throughout the day. See if you can find another example of a goblet drum in MIM’s galleries!
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Have your picture taken in our hands-free photo booth! Digitally share your pictures and tag us with #MIMphx for a chance to be featured on our social media.
Pop-Up Performance: Carnatic Melodies
Enjoy southern Indian music from local vīṇā player Vasumathi Ram and hear the sitār, an instrument featured in Rediscover Treasures.
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Included with special exhibition admission. Space is limited; first come, first served.
Explore the new additions to Rediscover Treasures on a guided tour led by one of our curators.
Performance: The Hot Beignets
Join the Hot Beignets for a fun, lively performance of traditional New Orleans–style jazz from the 1920s.
Performance: Classical Guitar
Listen to the vibrant, melodic sounds of the classical guitar from Phoenix musician Luis Martinez.
Performance: The Desert Strummers
After seeing “the first ukulele” in the Target Gallery, enjoy Hawaiian music from the Desert Strummers.
Performance: Bartholomew Faire
Transport yourself to medieval Europe and hear Bartholomew Faire play historically inspired medieval and renaissance music on a variety of authentic instruments.
Experience the music of the oud, a lute with roots in the Middle East and Northern Africa, performed by Jack Saba.
Programming is subject to change.
Lunch at Café Allegro
Offered daily 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a menu of delicious global cuisine with fresh entrées, salads, soups, and grill items showcasing local produce and flavors from around the world.
Shop the Museum Store
Shop the Museum Store for holiday gifts, cards, and décor, as well as MIM’s catalog for the Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments special exhibition.
Members save 10% on most items in the Museum Store and online. Every purchase benefits MIM and its programs.