A few weeks ago Linda & I decided we needed to take a short road trip, a day trip actually. Everyone knows that downtown Gilbert is where our heart is but we had heard so many outstanding reviews about the Musical Instrument Museum better known as “MIM” that we had to check it out. It doesn’t hurt that MIM has an award winning restaurant Cafe` Allegro. FYI our road trips are usually about great food!
The museum is overwhelming, in a positive way. Make sure you have the better part of the day to soak up the experience. MIM displays more than 6,000 instruments from around the globe. Each guest is given a wireless headset to wear throughout the museum. As you walk you through you venture into different regions of the world. In each region you will move from country to country.
Throughout, you find hundreds of displays with instruments and artists. Each display has a flat screen with a wireless hot spot. As you approach the display you will hear music and see instruments being played. It’s amazing! I just can’t do it justice in writing about it, you need to see if for yourself. Check it out online at mim.org .
Also, not to be missed is the Cafe Allegro, serving great tasting
cuisine all made from scratch. They pride themselves on using local, fresh ingredients. One of their local products just happens to be Bergies coffee. Obviously, another reason I love this place.
MIM partnered with BonAppetit Management Co. to form Cafe Allegro and under the direction of executive chef, Chris Lenza they create dishes that are local, regional and global. We were fortunate to be able to sample most of the days offerings during our visit and they were not only delicious but beautifully presented by the terrific staff. A big thank you to all for the special attention to detail that made our visit even better.
So do yourself a favor, if you’re looking for a great day trip out of the heat and perfect for all ages, head to the MIM at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd in Phoenix for a wonderful day of music, art, history and of course great food.
As always we appreciate you, Brian