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National Music Museum

414 East Clark Street, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Vermillion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Tucked away in Vermillion SD, this is a musical gem. The museum is loaded with a wide range of instruments - from historic violins and harpsichords to Japanese drums. Many of the items on display are representative pieces from well known artisans, providing a depth of understanding about the process of making music that is lacking in other collections. Excellent... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were on our way from Omaha to rapid city and decided to make a stop here. Well worth it! Fascinating museum on all types of instruments.

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Lake in the Hills, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I've driven through South Dakota, but didn't stop. This time I did and was impressed. It is a smaller museum, but filled to the max with instruments. They have around 1,000 on display and 15,000 in their collection. Since I drove by on a Friday, admittance was free. They also have discounts. The front desk staff was really nice and... More

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Bank of the Brahmaputra
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This beautiful and well maintained museum was a very pleasant surprise. The collection is exhaustive. THe violin, guitar, piano and organ sections especially were very well showcased, with many interesting exhibits. I was interested in the Indian, Asian and world sections also. The Indonesian instruments were unique. The staff was very helpful, too.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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97 reviews 97 reviews
30 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

What a surprise to find such a fascinating little gem in eastern South Dakota. There are all kinds of musical instruments on display - some that were entirely new to me - including one of B.B. King's guitars and beautifully painted harpsichords from several centuries ago. The displays come to lilfe with the portable, audio listening sets which allow you... More

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Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

**The trip advisor website isn't allowing me to add pictures so you can see how wonderful this trip really was!** This museum has something for everyone! If you recognize names like: Elvis, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, B.B. King, Barbara Mandrell, & Shawn Colvin; then this is where you want to stop! Items on display are too numerous to list,... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

As a professional musician I LOVE spending time in instrument museums. A fellow oboist told me about this space and I was not disappointed. The collection - at least what they have displayed - was fantastic (the curator told us they only have enough room to display 7% of their collection!). The instruments they have are diverse and cater to... More

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Manhattan, KS
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26 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The museum is a combination of flea-market treasures, a personal amateur collection, and an assortment of musical treasures that normally wold belong to the Louvre or the National Gallery in London. The ambiance is very informal, which greatly adds to the attraction. There is a problem with space, they would do well with a much bigger building. But then, who... More

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Battle Ground, Washington
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102 reviews 102 reviews
25 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This museum has guitars played by Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash-wow! Also, the themed rooms reflecting instruments from different time periods were extremely interesting and well thought out. We compared this to the Experience Music Project museum in Seattle, which costs twice as much, and it is exponentially a better value and better museum. This is a "don't... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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49 reviews 49 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This is the best musical instrument museum I've ever been to. Also my first! What was thought of as a quick time-waster on the way to Sioux Falls turned into an super interesting hour spent seeing beautiful instruments of all kinds from the 1500's, all expertly exhibited, with well described info on each. From drums to piano/organs to A to... More

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