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National Music Museum

414 East Clark Street, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069
605-677-5306
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Vermillion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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15 reviews 15 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Columbia, South 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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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
34 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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