The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum ®


Enter the Musical Instrument Museum and embark on a magical journey around the globe. MIM’s collection is presented in Geographical Galleries that focus on five major world regions. These are:

  • The Africa and Middle East gallery, which displays instruments and artifacts from sub-Saharan, North African, and Middle Eastern nations.
  • The Asia and Oceania gallery, which features instruments from countries and island group sin five sub-galleries devoted to regions of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Central Asia and the Caucasus.
  • The Europe gallery, where guests encounter instruments ranging from an antique charter horn and a foot-operated drum kit to a child’s vessel flute.
  • The Latin America gallery, which features instruments and ensembles displayed in three sub-galleries: South America; Central America and Mexico; and the Caribbean.
  • The United States/Canada gallery, where guests can observe the diverse array of instruments that shaped the North American musical landscape, including the Appalachian dulcimer, sousaphone, ukulele, and electric guitar. Special exhibits focus on iconic American musical-instrument manufacturers, including Fender, Martin, and Steinway.

The Recycled Orchestra Exhibit at MIM

The Recycled Orchestra exhibit features eight recycled instruments from Paraguay as well as video and images of the youth orchestra and the environment of Cateura. Click to read more.


MIM Orientation video (played in Orientation Gallery) is 4 minutes, 55 seconds in duration