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National Music Museum

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Address: 414 E Clark St, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069-2307
Phone Number: +1 605-677-5306
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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Large selection of unique instruments

Great visit for any music lover. Large amount of instruments on display. Lots of neat history, too. Interactive headset to hear the sound of the instrument. Worth a visit and am... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lori M
Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great visit for any music lover. Large amount of instruments on display. Lots of neat history, too. Interactive headset to hear the sound of the instrument. Worth a visit and am sure we will return.

Thank Lori M
Starkville, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife has always been a music lover and when we saw this spot along our vacation route, we pinned it as part of the trip. We were not disappointed. Lots of interesting instrument (and other) exhibits and history related to music. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

Thank John C
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This very enjoyable museum should more accurately be called the National Instrument Museum. It sits in an easily accessible location on the USD campus in a nice little town, with free parking. There are probably over 1,000 pieces ranging from strings to horns to international percussion pieces. Some pieces date back hundreds of years, some Americana (Gibson collection, etc.) is... More 

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband is a musician and comes from a long line of musicians. He had never heard of this museum, neither had his dad. Which I found surprising. They have 15,000 instruments, but only 1200 on display, because of the lack of space. It is located on campus, in the old library. They provide you, if you are interested, with... More 

Thank Britt M
Inland Empire, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum has instruments from all over the world - from ancient to modern - a really excellent place to spend 3-4 hours looking at the exhibits.

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We stayed in Sioux Falls and drove down to Vermillion to the museum. We're all music lovers; some of us are musicians (community band, not professional). We were fascinated by the collection on display and wish we could have a look at the archives. Their collection of significant period instruments is outstanding. It covers all periods of history and all... More 

Thank Stephanie T
Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

I was here at a music event and I couldn't believe how amazing this place is to visit. The docent was great and very knowledgable. Having her show us all the different instruments and evolutions of instruments really made this an A++ attraction.

Thank John B
Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I had never heard of this place and was skeptical what it might hold, but it was well worth the stop. The collection of instruments from Renaissance-era violins to modern day guitar masterpieces is worth diverting off the highway to visit.The care and curation of this collection shows. It is a testament to the fine craftsmanship the makers of instruments... More 

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Towanda, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

although the $10 admission for non faculty and students seemed high, the collection and media guide are exquisite. The collection of strings, winds, and brass instruments is comprehensive and includes many of the oldest non altered pieces in the world. The various key instruments demonstrate the propensity for people throughout time to use music to entertain and pass the time.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

As someone who only listens to music and has never accomplished anything musically related, I would have never visited if I hadn't heard such positive feedback from friends. We were provided with nice audio headsets, and you can jump around to different displays rather than having to go in a particular order. The audio sets include a sample of the... More 

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