Travel the world through music.

MIM displays more than 4,200 instruments representing all the world’s countries and many territories. In the Geographic Galleries, guests can see, hear, and experience musical traditions from every corner of the globe.

The Geographic Galleries focus on major world regions: Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Latin America, Europe, and United States / Canada. Many of the instruments displayed are rare examples, the finest of their kind, historically significant, or part of distinctive musical cultures. Video monitors with footage of musical performances show instruments played in their original contexts.

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