MIM Debuts First Museum Catalog

MIM is proud to announce the publication of its first museum catalog, MIM: Highlights from the Musical Instrument Museum. This 216-page hardcover book presents beautiful full-color photographs and insightful descriptions of more than 200 instruments from MIM’s collection as well as an extensive overview of the award-winning museum.


The catalog was created in response to requests from museum guests who wanted a keepsake of their visit and to know more about MIM’s collection. What is unique about the book is that it provides details and descriptions of instruments and exhibits across the museum and showcases information that is not necessarily what is displayed in the galleries.


Beginning with a foreword by MIM president and director Bill DeWalt, the richly illustrated catalog is divided into 11 chapters, including an overview of the museum’s history and a look at each of the museum’s Geographical Galleries. MIM houses galleries based on major world regions; the introductions to these chapters are written by MIM curators, who explain the hallmarks of these areas from a musical perspective.


“Many of our guests have been asking for a catalog about MIM to help them remember their experience and to help them describe this unique, world-class museum to their friends. We have worked hard to produce a catalog that fully represents all of the dimensions of MIM,” DeWalt says. “The MIM experience centers on immersing our guests in the sights and sounds of the music of the world and we tried to do the same with this book.”


With its elegant design, stunning color photography, and compelling text, the catalog tells the complete story of the Musical Instrument Museum. It is the first publication to document MIM’s world-renowned holdings of musical instruments.


MIM: Highlights from the Musical Instrument Museum is available at the Museum Store for the retail price of $40. MIM Circle of Friends donors receive a 10 percent discount. Shipping is available for an additional fee. The catalog can also be purchased by e-mailing museumstore@theMIM.org or by calling 480 478-6002.

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