In just ten years, millions of guests have experienced the power of music at MIM. In 2020, celebrate with us and support our mission to inspire guests through music for generations to come.

MIM Memories

MIM Timeline

February 2008


Construction of the MIM building in Phoenix begins at the corner of Mayo and Tatum.

April 2010


MIM opens the doors to the public for the first time at its grand opening.

February 2011

Signature events

MIM begins its Signature Events programming with Celebrate Hip Hop.

December 2011

Grants for student visits

In 2011, 26,000 field trip participants visited MIM. In 2019, nearly 72,000 participants visited—83% received grant funding.

February 2013


MIMkids Mini Music Makers, an early childhood music and movement course, launches its first class.

April 2013

Geographic Galleries Are Expanded

Today, MIM contains 366 exhibits and a collection of more than 8,000 instruments representing cultures from around the world.

May 2014


Joining MIM in 2007, April A. Salomon played an integral role in the museum’s launch and held many positions before being named executive director.

January 2016

stradivarius violins celebrated

Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker is presented at MIM in partnership with the Friends of Stradivari and Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy.

February 2017


Encore Gallery joins Experience Gallery as a second hands-on music-making space to accommodate early childhood school tours.

January 2018


Donald W. Collier STEM Gallery opens, providing a dedicated space to explore how science brings music to life.

January 2020

Music matters

Music Matters campaign launches to ensure support and expansion of MIM’s educational programming well into the future. 

Anniversary Events

Celebrations in March and April and Signature Events throughout the year offer music and dance performances, demonstrations, workshops, and more!


Global Masters Concerts

The Global Masters Concert Series presents performances by artists at the pinnacle of their craft in MIM’s acoustically superb Music Theater.


Music Matters

Support for the Music Matters campaign will enhance MIM’s current education programs and develop new offerings. Together, we can ensure learners of all ages have access to our most treasured resource—music.

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Donor Spotlight

Liz Merchant, Circle of Friends and Legacy Circle member

“Throughout my life, music has comforted, sustained, and inspired me. It’s made me jump and cheer and dance. I want that for the next generation.” Liz Merchant, Circle of Friends and
Legacy Circle member

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Jim Henderson, Producer’s Circle and Legacy Circle member

“It’s interesting to see a museum like MIM that’s still fairly young go from startup to something that’s sustainable. It’s important to us to give MIM meaningful dollars in a way that will secure its legacy.” Jim Henderson, Producer’s Circle and
Legacy Circle member

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Kay Collier, Presenting sponsor of the Dr. Donald W. Collier STEM Gallery

“All students should have the benefit of an introduction to STEM and the arts. I hope they can continue coming back to learn more at MIM.” Kay Collier, Presenting sponsor of the
Dr. Donald W. Collier STEM Gallery

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