Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments at MIM

Spanning 6,000 years of history, standout instruments remarkable in beauty, craftsmanship, and cultural significance come together to share the story of music like never before, exclusively at MIM.

MIM’s newest exhibition, Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments, celebrates some of the world’s most notable musical moments, performance traditions, and musical instrument developments. Eighty exceptional instruments fill the Target Gallery, including some of the finest from MIM’s collection and more than twenty loans from renowned museums, private collections, and musicians around the world.

Why is this exhibition so special?

From the ancient Olympic Games to the unveiling of the Eiffel Tower, history is brought to life by the instruments that forever changed the world. The exclusive exhibition shares global human achievement and musical ingenuity through an Amati violin likely made for a royal marriage, the oldest guitar still in existence, a shell trumpet from the Maya civilization, Jimi Hendrix’s Black Widow guitar, and more historic instruments.


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You will see and hear…

Intricate details of engraved brass, carved patterns, and iridescent inlay represent talented craftsmen, companies, and families from around the globe that molded instrument evolution. Throughout the exhibition, original video content uncovers these stories and the instruments’ represented traditions with performances and interviews by museum curators and notable musicians, such as ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, guitarist Jiji Kim, and mandolinist David Grisman.

It’s time to explore 80 extraordinary instruments from the museum’s own expansive collection and another 20 on loan from other cultural institutions.

The next tour happens at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 16.

Reserve your spot HERE!


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Date: Thursday, December 16.
Time: 2 p.m.
Price: The tour is free with admission to the exhibit, which is $10.
Phone: +14804786000

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