The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum℠

The Target Gallery complements the museum’s permanent collection with exciting and informative traveling shows, special engagements, and changing exhibitions. Explore unique displays that will enrich your musical journey while fostering an appreciation for music culture around the world. MIM is grateful to the Target Corporation for its generous contribution in making this gallery possible.


Public Opening November 15, 2014
Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World will explore the immeasurable cultural and historical significance of drums around the world through the presentation of dozens of drums of all shapes, sizes, materials, and uses from Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. The collection will be accompanied by dozens of videos, photographs, and other multimedia content selected by our curators from sources around the globe. This unique exhibition will also highlight themes ranging from varieties of drum construction and performance techniques to differing concepts of rhythm in Asia, Africa, and the Americas as well as the role of drums in rituals, military events, and even systems of nonverbal communication.

Help celebrate the opening of this new exhibition! Join us on Thursday, November 13 for MIM’s second annual benefit luncheon where guests can preview this special exhibition and on Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16 for Family Days.

Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz
Nov. 2012–Apr. 2013

SANZA: African Thumb Pianos from the Collections of F. & F. Boulanger-Bouhière, the Royal Museum of Central Africa, and MIM
Feb. 2012–Oct. 2012

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music
Nov. 2010–May 2011