Visit the Musical Instrument Museum, Arizona’s best field-trip destination!
More than 6,500 musical instruments and objects are displayed in MIM’s five major Geographic Galleries and other exhibit spaces. Through state-of-the-art audio and video recordings built into every display, students can witness the creative spirit of people from around the world as they play their instruments.
A two-hour MIM field trip always includes an orientation video, a museum tour, free-choice learning, and a visit to the hands-on Experience Gallery. Downloadable educator resources are available to extend and deepen the learning following a field trip to MIM. MIM field trips are great for homeschool as well, and homeschoolers can attend MIM’s Homeschool Days throughout the year.
MIM offers nine different field trip options for prekindergarten through 12th grade, each aligning with AZ K–12 Academic Standards
Every tour includes time in the Experience Gallery, where students can engage in valuable hands-on activities that include touching and playing authentic instruments from many different countries.
Add an Artist Residency program to your tour! MIM’s Artist Residency program brings professional musicians from around the world to provide unique educational opportunities in the MIM Music Theater. (additional $2 per student)
Bring the world of music to the classroom! Downloadable hands-on activities, lesson plans, video clips and photos, and gallery activities are meant to deepen and extend the learning that takes place on a field trip to the museum.
$8 – Student tour admission (grades K–12)
$2 – Artist Residency Program (additional, per student)
$2 – Signature Workshop Programs (additional, per student)
$75 deposit or a Purchase Order (P.O.) will hold the reservation and apply toward final payment.
Tours are offered seven days a week during regular museum hours. Suggested field trip times are at 9:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m., with additional times for the Trailblazer self-guided tour. However, the start time and tour length can be tailored to fit your group’s needs. Groups are welcomed to stay longer than two hours, if your time allows!
Chaperones help to ensure a first-rate experience for all students. MIM recommends that the school provide one chaperone for every five elementary students and one for every ten middle- and high-school students and will admit those chaperones at no additional cost. If more chaperones attend than the MIM-established ratio, they are admitted at an $8-per-chaperone rate.
School groups are defined as groups that book a field trip during the school season (August–May) and that are arranged by a teacher or home school educator. Any group that visits during the museum’s summer season and does not use MIM curriculum materials is subject to our regular group tour policies and rates.
Reservations are required for all school groups visiting MIM. Make your reservation by using the MIM School Tour Request Form at least fifteen days in advance. Once your tour is booked, secure your $75 deposit (P.O. #, check, or credit card) within ten business days to hold your reservation. MIM will then e-mail your reservation confirmation and pre-visit materials. If you have questions, please contact the School and Group Tour Coordinator at 480.245.6919 or grouptours@MIM.org.
MIM meets all Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for accessibility. Please notify the Education Team prior to your tour for any special-needs requests.