The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona contains historical information, sound recordings and video for its vast array of instruments
Geographic galleries contain displays of instruments by region and country accompanied by information about the instruments and video and audio recordings. Through a battery operated headset supplied upon admission you listen to music while you watch video on flat screens mounted throughout the displays.
The short music samples allow you to hear the instruments and get a taste of the styles of music across regions and ages. Many times I found myself smiling as I listened to the snippets. I heard Siberian indigenous Tuvan throat singing that reminded me of Canadian Inuit throat singing, polkas, classical symphony, Cape Breton fiddling, soothing gong music, Janis Joplin, and Elton John.
Some instruments, such as musical glasses, were unusual and odd. Designed for at home use, the glasses were blown to pitch and played by rubbing the rims with moistened fingers. The glasses declined in popularity around 1860 amid rumours that the vibrations caused madness. It may be that the lead in the glasses and rims contributed to lead poisoning over time.
There is so much to see and hear at the museum it can be overwhelming. If one took the time to listen to every sample of music, I doubt one could get through the entire museum in a day. I spent three hours. Although I went through every gallery, I gave some displays only a cursory look as I was approaching overload. I enjoyed my visit and expect to visit again. I still have a lot to see and hear.