As we toured through the countries, I was interested to see what Canada would have. Being from the country, I know the history and importance music has and does play. There are so many distinct sounds from the Maritimes through the Prairies and up to Northern Canada, I had big expectations for how my country would be represented. Sure enough, they had more than I thought. Well-known artists like Natalie MacMaster, and hometown rocker Randy Bachman were featured.
The museum isn't a done deal either. They have a team of people scouring the globe to find more and more pieces to bring in. So, what you saw earlier this year might be different than what's on display when you go now. The story about how the exhibits come to be is especially interesting. I chatted with one of the staffers who's responsible for maintaining the artifacts.
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Being the host of music radio shows, how could I not visit Musical Instrument Museum? There are thousands of pieces from hundreds of countries. Seriously. The place is huge and very spread out. Whether you want to check out a gallery full of guitars or want to visit a different country (so to speak), you can do just that. When we started the tour we were given headsets that activated music of the displays we walked by. You can watch a video of a cultural dance and hear the accompanying music as you strolled through the exhibit.
The hands-on element is impressive. If you want to try a drum set, have at 'er. If you want to tickle the ivories, be their guest. It's almost a guarantee that you will hear music at any given moment while at MIM.
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