The Musical Instrument Museum’s motto is that “music is the language of the soul.”

Also known as MIM, the North Valley treasure began with a vision to create a musical instrument museum that would be truly global. Realizing most musical museums featured historic, primarily Western classical instruments, MIM’s founder Bob Ulrich was inspired to develop a new kind of museum that would focus on the kind of instruments played every day by people worldwide. “From the beginning, our goal has been to deliver a musical experience that is enriching, inspiring, interesting, and fun,” according to MIM.
Today, MIM has a collection of more than 8,000 instruments from more than 200 world countries. The galleries reflect the rich diversity and history of many world cultures. Now back open with COVID-19 safety measures in place, patrons of all ages can experience the MIM in-person or through interactive online programming from the comfort of their homes.

This month, MIM features some must-attend events:
Online MIMkids Mini Music Makers
Wednesdays, April 7–28
10:15–10:45 a.m. (0–3 years); 11–11:30 a.m. (3–5 years)
Choose what you pay: $4, $8, or $12
Take an online music-making class with your little ones! Classes explore music from around the globe through song, dance, and play. You don’t need musical instruments to get in on the fun—they will help you make music using everyday household items. Presented by PNC Bank.

LIVE! Online Musical Adventures
Saturday, April 10
1:30–2:30 p.m.
$15 per student; admission includes an instrument-building kit
Embark on a virtual musical journey to Brazil with LIVE! Online Musical Adventures, an educational program designed for kids ages 6–10. Participants will craft a rocar shaker and pandeiro frame drum with a MIM-assembled craft kit. Presented by PNC Bank.

Celebrate Jazz
Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Included with paid museum admission; free for members
Indulge your love of all things jazz with lively performances and other fun activities perfect for jazz fans of all ages. Enjoy Latin jazz, early jazz, and West Coast styles, along with a special performance celebrating jazz artists born in April. Craft your own microphone to take home!

Learn more about MIM and these events at