Musical Instrument Museum – Feb 2017

A musical instrument museum? Really? Cha! The Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix) might be the coolest thing ever. Recommended to us by new Airstream buddies at McDowell Mountain RP, we went for an afternoon to see this unassuming looking museum. It is technically in Phoenix, but really close to Sedona.

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Neither of us are die-hard museum-goers, but this is a must see. Until early September they have a special show entitled Dragons and Vines, in which are displayed inlaid guitar masterpieces. You really have to see these – they are supremely crafted works of art, from true artists like Larry Sifel, Cathy Guss and others.  You cannot appreciate the detail unless you see them up close, but still – you get the idea.  True craftsmanship.

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Eagle has over 5,000 lines in it!

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Note the dueling dragons

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Throughout the rest of the museum are exhibits of musical instruments from all around the world, from Ghana to Iraq to you name it.

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Olympic drum (China)

And you have exhibits from instrument manufacturers like Steinway (pianos) and Martin (guitars) that are really fascinating.

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Martin guitars

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You can’t have musical instruments without having musicians, and there are a host of displays from artists from all sides.

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Artist formerly known as Princess

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Guess who walked the line

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Carlos Santana’s first instrument

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Guess who

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Johnny Ramone’s guitar

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If you have the chance, this is a GREAT time if you’ve even once listened to music.

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And of you are looking for other cool things to do in the area, check out my previous post about visiting Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright’s place in Scottsdale!

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