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Address: 414 East Clark Street, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone Number: 605-677-5306
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

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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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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317 reviews 317 reviews
125 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 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
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16 reviews 16 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
41 helpful votes 41 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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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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