Explore new legendary musical instruments

November 11, 2022–September 10, 2023

MIM’s newest exhibition, Rediscover Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments, highlights instrumental moments in music history as 28 new acquisitions and loans of historical significance join some of the treasured instruments—including the Erard grand piano, Amati violin, ancient Mesopotamian lyre fragments, and Jimi Hendrix’s Black Widow electric guitar—that helped shape this remarkable special exhibition.

Exhibition Trailer

A new look at historic moments in music

Discover some of the most historically significant and sought-after instruments in existence.

In partnership with

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ethnic Art and Culture Limited, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan
MoPOP, Seattle, WA
Museu de la Música de Barcelona, Spain

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
National Music Museum, Vermillion, South Dakota
Paisley Park Operations, LLC, Chanhassen, Minnesota
Penn Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sennheiser Electronic
The Al Thani Collection

A catalog for Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments is available for purchase at the Museum Store or online at theMIMstore.org.

Thank you to our generous donors

Presenting sponsor U.S. Bank

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Sponsored by Arizona Office of Tourism, John & Joan D’Addario Foundation, and John & Mary Ann Mangels

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Supported by Christine Lindley, Jan & David Wood, Carolyn & John Friedman, Babette & Richard Burns, Jane & John Guild, Marcia & Jim Lowman, and Ann Phillips

Top banner image:
Left: Anonymous loan
Center: Photograph © and loan courtesy of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Exhibition video thumbnail:
Loan courtesy of Interlochen Center of the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan

Loan courtesy of the Takao Oikawa Family

Prince’s “Black Power” bass:
Loan courtesy of The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson and Paisley Park