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Address: 414 East Clark Street, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone Number: +1 605-677-5306
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Amazing museum; worth stopping

This small museum is a must stop in Vermillion. The exhibits of instruments are beautiful and well-displayed. It's right on the USD campus. Has a small, but beautiful, gift shop.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This small museum is a must stop in Vermillion. The exhibits of instruments are beautiful and well-displayed. It's right on the USD campus. Has a small, but beautiful, gift shop.

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Vermillion, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Don't dare miss the Stradivari guitar, as well as the less rare, remarkably more ho-hum, Stradivari. Travel more than a decade of centuries throughout the world of musical instruments in one building and see one of the top collections in the World, by far the best in the United States. On repeated visits I also love the harpsichord collection (especially... More 

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Orlando
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I had read about the National Music Museum while planning my trip, but didn't initially include it on my agenda. It just didn't seem like much to me. Well, it turns out I was very wrong. My kids are in their high school band and as we were travelling down the highway and started seeing billboards for the museum they... More 

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Clinton, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This is a beautiful and thoughtfully organized museum of old and unique instruments. I would highly recommend it to everyone except small, wiggly kids who want to touch everything. Older children are fascinated with automated information relating to many of the items displayed. My family spent several hours here, and we loved it. My very young children, however, preferred to... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I cannot think of enough superlatives to describe this fascinating collection of over 15,000 instruments (over 1200 on display at a time) which covers all cultures and time periods. Not only will music lovers enjoy visiting but so will history buffs and art lovers. The workmanship and decorations on some of the instruments is beyond description. Allow yourself enough time... More 

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South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Experienced 16th century Italian music being played on the world’s oldest harpsichord (1530) by Catalina Vincens, internationally renowned musician of historical keyboards and percussion. Went specifically for this limited performance, which was something I'm glad to have experienced. Walked around a bit while she was on a short break. I see from other reviews that I missed out on a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This was an interesting place! But we were hoping for more stringed instruments. It was more of a historical instrument collection.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Great variety of instruments from all over the world. Our tour guide answered all of our questions and even let us play the gamelan percussion instruments. Free for students. Highly recommend.

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Vermillion, SD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The National Music museum is definitely worth a two-hour visit. They have a world-class collection of instruments, including some Stradivarius cellos, as well as some distinctive items on exhibit, including a signed "Lucille" from B.B. King, and a saxophone played by Bill Clinton.

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Pecatonica, Illinois
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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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Additional Information about National Music Museum

Address: 414 East Clark Street, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone Number: +1 605-677-5306
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Vermillion
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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