Signature Events bring MIM’s galleries to life through extraordinary cultural and celebratory experiences.
Signature Events establish MIM as a center of culture and community by introducing guests to the museum and its collection through family-friendly events such as Experience Cultural Programs, holiday offerings, events honoring musical icons, special exhibition programs, and more.
These one-of-a-kind events immerse guests in diverse music and cultures from around the globe. With each one focused on a different country or geographic region, guests experience live musical and dance performances, hands-on activities, and more!
Celebrate influential and inspiring artists who are known as icons of the musical world! Each program puts the spotlight on artists from MIM’s galleries, showcasing them through engaging activities such as film screenings, musical performances, and curator talks.
All Signature Events are included with paid museum admission and free for members.
Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24
Indulge your love for all things jazz with live performances of West Coast jazz, bebop, and Latin jazz; screenings of episodes from the Ken Burns film Jazz; and a workshop on the art of scat singing.
Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at MIM with energetic performances of Irish music and step dance, engaging Celtic harp and céilí folk dance workshops, and a Celtic knot keychain craft.
Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12
Spend your weekend at MIM and get a taste of Polynesian music and culture. From Tahitian tunes to Hawaiian hula, discover music and dance of the Pacific Islands.
MUSICAL ICONS: JOHNNY CASH AND JUNE CARTER
Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23
Commemorate the lives and legacies of Johnny Cash and June Carter. In honor of June Carter’s ninetieth birthday, come and listen to Curator Talks, enjoy film screenings, and discover more about these two American musical icons.
Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14
Celebrate Bastille Day and French culture at MIM. Enjoy live musical performances, shop for French merchandise at the Museum Store, and indulge in a French-inspired menu at our café. Vive la France!
MUSICAL ICON: ELVIS
Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11
Start off Elvis Week with a closer look at the legacy of the “King of Rock and Roll.” Come and listen to special talks about Elvis Presley’s music and watch an iconic Elvis movie before visiting the Elvis Presley exhibit in MIM’s Artist Gallery.
Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1
Experience the depth of India’s performing-arts culture. With vibrant musical and dance performances, participatory workshops, and Curator Talks, MIM presents the ragas and talas at the heart of Indian culture.
CELEBRATE ROCK AND ROLL
Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15
Details to come!
Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27
Let MIM transport you to Japan. Discover amazing Japanese musical traditions, such a gagaku and taiko drumming; explore the Japan exhibits in MIM’s Asia Gallery; and enjoy a Japanese-inspired menu at Café Allegro.
’TIS THE SEASON: HOLIDAYS AT MIM
Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15
MIM will transform into a musical “Winter Wonderland” with seasonal songs and musical traditions from around the world. Don’t miss this merry event to end the year.