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National Music Museum

Address: 414 East Clark Street, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone Number: 605-677-5306
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Pecatonica, Illinois
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263 reviews 263 reviews
98 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We had heard about the National Music Museum and wanted to see it. It is amazing! There is an Italian Gallery, a piano (harpsichord) gallery, a string gallery, all kinds of international instruments, and an American gallery. You are given player with numbers on it. When you put in the number, information is given about the display and you can... More 

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Denver, Colorado
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised with this museum, not only does it have a phenomenal collection of historical and interesting musical instruments, but they also have iPod touches for everyone so you can listen to the history of the different instruments along with how they sound. I loved every minute and learned a lot. I highly recommend this museum. We drove... More 

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South Dakota
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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The collection of rare, valuable and unique musical instruments is astonishing. One of the best collections in the world. Seriously.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I've been to the Louvre, Musee D'Orsey, museums throughout Europe, USA, etc... and this one ranks right up there with the best of the best! Do not pass on visiting and plan on 2-3 hours at a minimum! Breathtaking and jaw-dropping assortment of instruments including iPod and app to provide listening and viewing the actual instruments being played!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This outstanding museum is a must-see for anyone in the vicinity of Vermillion SD. Extensive, world class collections of guitars, keyboard instruments, brass and woodwind instruments by the Sax workshop, European strings (including extraordinary examples of Italian violinmaking from the 16th and 17th centuries). Among the rare keyboard instruments is perhaps the earliest known French fortepiano. Terrific displays of domestic... More 

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My daughter and son-in-law ARE musicians, and they kept telling me I just HAD to go to this museum. Well, I was on a trip where it was logical to stay somewhere in SE South Dakota, so I decided to stop in Vermillion and go see what all the excitement was about. I figured my friend and I would spend... More 

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Des Moines, IA
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My wife and I are amateur musicians and instrument collectors. We have visited this museum twice and will certainly go back again. There is so much to see here. It's amazing to see some of the rarities that are in the exhibit here. For a music nut, this is a mecca. I have a hunch there are a lot more... More 

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Athens, Georgia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My husband and I are both professional musicians and expected to breeze through this little museum in an hour or two. After four hours, we finally had to give up and go get something to eat. What a wonderful museum! The exhibits are very carefully and thoughtfully laid out, and the variety is mind-boggling. The highlight for us was the... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

On October 4th, my wife and I decided to stop in, since we have driven past the signs on I-29 many times. When we finally found it, we went in. Thought the $10/person charge was a little high, but paid it anyway. The reason this only got a 4 rating was the lady running the desk. My wife asked where... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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