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National Music Museum

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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Did I get your attention? It was the only way to describe how I felt walking through the rooms filled with some of the most unusual instruments I have ever seen, some of the most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Mt Prospect
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87 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did I get your attention? It was the only way to describe how I felt walking through the rooms filled with some of the most unusual instruments I have ever seen, some of the most priceless instruments in the world, some of the craziest instruments ever invented and being educated and entertained with a state of the art headset taking... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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564 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

From the 1600s to the global span to the 4 Stradivariuses, this place is rich with an array of music instrument history. Beautiful pieces, displayed nicely. Lots to see in a small space. Very enjoyable experience.

Thank PlatinumHoney
Chambersburg, PA
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The facility is nicely laid out and the displays are easy to understand. Many beautiful instruments are on display. There is also a lot of history here: for example, the feature when we went was about music during the various wars. The audio guide was free and easy to use. However, the employee did not tell me about it or... More 

Thank ElliotFan
Brookings, South Dakota
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I have intended to go to this museum for a long time and finally made it. I was so surprised to learn that they have over 15,000 instruments - the largest collection in the world. There are several Stradivari and Amati violins, a sax owned by the inventor, a Les Paul guitar, just to name a few of the highlights.... More 

Thank Prudence D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Even though I am not a musician, very much enjoyed the history, the beauty and the music! Amazing the great condition and impressed with the Ipod recordings of the actual instruments. The craftsmanship through the centuries is incredible. Made the time to tour prior to another event - definitely the right decision!

Thank Nancy B
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We had an amazing time at the museum. Really worthy coming here. Crazy Paradise for musicians! Very friendly people too.

Thank neiris
Naperville, Illinois
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Wow! Can't believe the breadth and depth of important musical instruments on exhibit here! A true walk through global musical history, there is something to appeal to everyone of any generation. Loved the strings, pianos, guitars, including workshop, and the rock n roll relics. Wow, wow, wow. Seek this out! Audio tour is fantastic too!

Thank Pat E
San Francisco
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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.

Thank SFBradandElaine
Vermillion, South Dakota
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Thank Dennis N
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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