The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix announced that it has completed construction of its new building and is readying the galleries and public spaces for its planned opening, on April 24, 2010. The museum will exhibit instruments from every country in the world, and to date has acquired more than 12,000 instruments and objects for its core collection. Galleries will display instruments from Africa and the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, and United States/Canada. The museum, designed by architect Richard Varda and the Minneapolis and Phoenix firm RSP Architects, began construction in 2008; the 75,000-square-foot space will include the main galleries, which will open in April, and a gallery of touring and other special exhibitions, which will open will open in 2011. The museum’s 299-seat theater will be used for performances, films, and seminars about musical traditions from around the world; the museum’s inaugural season schedule will be announced over the next few months. More information about the museum is available at www.themim.org.
Posted January 8, 2010