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Explore the Science of Sound Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Musical Instrument Museum

Family Day Event Includes Sound Experiments, Conservation Lab Tours and More

PHOENIX (Feb. 20, 2014) − The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix will present a day of family-friendly activities, tours and demonstrations that explore the science of sound Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of the Arizona SciTech Festival. The nearly 500 festival activities that are being offered statewide in February and March highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a fun and engaging way.

Family Day: The “Science of Sound” will feature a range of STEM-based programs for families to enjoy, including hands-on sound experiments, a demonstration of the giant octobasse and rare tours of MIM’s Conservation Lab.

Throughout the day, museum guests will be able to try out unusual electronic instruments such as the Beamz, Chapman Stick and theremin; discover the science of sound through experimentation; participate in drumming and sing-along activities; and take self-guided tours with science, technology, engineering and math-focused activities.

Tours of MIM’s Conservation Lab will be led by Head of Collections and Conservation Katie Anderson, who will explain how instruments and music-related artifacts are carefully conserved for future generations.

MIM Curator Kathleen Wiens will provide tours of the Mechanical Music Gallery where museum guests will learn about a variety of mechanical instruments and be treated to a performance by the two-ton Apollonia dance organ.

Families interested in electronic music will enjoy a demonstration of composer and educator Julian Peterson’s music, as well as try out electronic instruments with him and fellow educator Ryan Bledsoe afterward.
Curator Colin Pearson will demonstrate how to play MIM’s massive, 12-foot tall octobasse, which has a tone so low that it can barely be heard by human ears.

In addition, museum guests who share their MIM family-event experiences will be entered in a raffle to win four passes for a future trip to MIM.

Family Day: The “Science of Sound” performances and activities are included with paid museum admission and free for Circle of Friends donors.

General Admission: $18
Teens (ages 13‒19): $14
Children (ages 4‒12): $10
Children 3 and under: Free

“Science of Sound” Museum Hours
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit or call 480.478.6000.


About MIM
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches the world by collecting, preserving and making accessible a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. We offer our guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures around the globe by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the universal language.

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Media Contact
Rebecca Heller, Media Relations Associate, MIM