Special Exhibitions in the Target Gallery complement the museum’s permanent collection with exciting and informative traveling shows, special engagements, and changing exhibitions. MIM is grateful to the Target Corporation for its generous contribution in making this gallery possible.


The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon
Closing September 15

The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon shares the untold story of the electric guitar, an instrument that revolutionized music and popular culture forever. See more than eighty of the world’s rarest electric guitars and amplifiers―from some of the first ever heard to those played by the most famous electric guitarists known today―exclusively at MIM.



Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China Exhibition Image
Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum
Nov. 2017–May 2018

Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces
Nov. 2016–Sep. 2017

Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker
Jan.–Jun. 2016

Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World
Nov. 2014–Oct. 2015

Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power
Oct. 2013–Apr. 2014

Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz
Nov. 2012–Apr. 2013

SANZA: African Thumb Pianos from the Collections of F. & F. Boulanger-Bouhière, the Royal Museum of Central Africa, and MIM
Feb. 2012–Oct. 2012

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music
Nov. 2010–May 2011