Of all the places in Phoenix to spend St. Patrick’s Day, we bet the Musical Instrument Museum – your 2013 pick for Best Museum in Phoenix – didn’t come to mind right away.
Well believe it or not, the MIM has two green exhibits this St. Paddy’s Day. Sneak a little learning into your kiddo’s weekend, along with the chocolate gold coins and Irish potatoes.
When was the last time you saw a real-live lime green Steinway piano? Olympia, a piano designed and created by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly, features a green case and yellow and orange keys. The piano lid’s translucent top features an original painting by Chihuly.
How does a technicolor piano sound? Experience two world-class pianist performances this spring on Olympia in the Artist Gallery, with one-half hour Museum Encounters on March 29, March 30, April 7 and April 9. The piano remains on display through May 18.
Experience Ireland, presented by Petsmart
On March 15-16, the Saturday and Sunday prior to St. Paddy’s Day, the Musical Instrument Museum will present Experience Ireland − two days of Celtic-inspired festivities complete with Irish dance, a Celtic harp ensemble, storytellers, the chance to create and decorate a bodhran (a type of drum), face painting and a photo booth with costumes.
If your family works up an appetite celebrating, you will be able to select from a delectable menu of items for purchase all weekend, courtesy of Café Allegro. On the menu are Irish chicken and cream soup with potatoes and leeks; roasted Irish wild salmon marinated in Irish whiskey and honey; Irish stout-lamb stew with potatoes, carrots and parsley; and chocolate and orange Guinness cake.
General Admission: $18
Teens (ages 13‒19): $14
Children (ages 4‒12): $10
Children 3 and under: Free
“Experience Ireland” Museum Hours
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches the world by collecting, preserving and making accessible a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. We offer our guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures around the globe by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the universal language.
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