Musical Instrument Museum

law firm scottsdaleSome of you may not know it, but I am somewhat of a musician (emphasis on the word, “somewhat”).  I’ve played guitar since sixth grade and along the way, have played other string instruments: violin, the five-string banjo and mandolin.  Mandolin was easy comparatively; the left hand is like the fingering of a violin and the right hand is like a guitar.

When I first learned about the new Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, I was excited.  My excitement did not diminish when I first visited the museum a few weeks ago.  It is a new jewel on the Phoenix landscape, a one-of-a-kind facility with over 190,000 square feet of exhibits.

The second floor of the museum has special exhibits on the instruments of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, North America and Oceania.  Not only are there examples of the actual musical instruments from each of the nations in those regions, but also flat-screen TV’s with videos that illustrate how they are played and wireless headsets that synchronize with the videos to let you hear how the instrument sounds.  The collection includes instruments from every country in the world including guitars from South Africa made of oil cans – they sound like Hawaiian Slack guitars, African rain towers, and Asian gongs.

The first floor contains an orientation gallery, and experience room where guests can touch, play and hear exotic instruments, a beautiful acoustically sound music theater, a store with some great DVD’s and CD’s and a Café and Coffee Shop.

The Museum is located at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona 85050 near the intersection of Tatum and the 101 Freeway.  It’s a great way to spend a day cooling off from the summer heat and hearing great sounds.

At Hymson Goldstein & Pantiliat, PLLC, we provide legal services that are in harmony with your needs with a suite of disciplines so we can strike a responsive chord with our clients.  Call us to see if we can make music together.

Written by Attorney David B. Goldstein, dbg@hgplaw.com

P.S. For more information on the museum, take a look at its website at www.themim.org.

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