Wednesday, April 20, 2011


We planned a trip to Phoenix to hear a concert (more about that later) and umm well we had no plan for the rest of the trip or how long it should be, other than lunch with my awesome cousin Heather and her great hubby Brian. For my birthday my hubby surprised me with a PLAN, we were going to the Music Instrument Museum, he figured with a camera in hand I would have a great time as would he. Boy was he right! I took over 700 pictures but don’t worry I edited it down to just a few favorites.

Just a few favorite things

  • Cool headphones that use blue tooth technology so you can wonder where ever not in order.
  • Hands on room (go in there after 2 or so when the daily field trips are over)
  • Instruments from all regions of the world.
  • High Tech and Low Tech at it’s best
  • Videos that showed the instruments in action.

Who knew an accordion could be so beautiful
In contrast yes real snakes died for this
Make due with what you've got!
Look at the detail the frets of this lute are made with string.
Question: Can you guess what to moving parts are?
A: Vertebra! Who knew the spine could be so beautiful!

I loved the detail of the rings in this drum
A glimpse of India's display notice the TV there were 4 videos of different instruments in the display. This one one also included native masks.
Beautiful Bells
This is a body suit the grasses shake and make music in the islands
After the au' natural above a bit more manufactured in South America (I want to say Brazil but not sure)
Check out the beautiful detail of these drums!
They were rocking out in 80's and 90's in Russia too!
Hey look they have a spot just for me!
American Jazz
Native American Drum Circles
Anything can create beautiful music notice the cans are labeled with their notes.
One of the drums form the Beijing Olympic opening ceremonies. It is HUGE
Hubby Playing in the Target Gallery.
Harmonica anyone!
I guess I never thought about where the bag for the bag pipe came from first.
Playing in the hands on gallery

Check out the detail of this music box.
I will leave you with one of my favorite shots!

The MIM was amazing check if you are in Phoenix check it out it will not disappoint and don’t forget to grab lunch at the cafeteria it is Top Chef good!


Kristen said...

That looks very cool. You always get awesome pictures. We need to connect soon on the phone!

Luann said...

Yes we do!