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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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It's hard to believe such an incredible collection of musical instruments is tucked away in South Dakota. Only a small portion of their tens of thousands of instruments are on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's hard to believe such an incredible collection of musical instruments is tucked away in South Dakota. Only a small portion of their tens of thousands of instruments are on display, but they represent every area of the globe and hundreds of years of history. The collection highlights famous makers, like Stradivarius and Gibson, but also traces the development of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I need more time! From 500 year old western musical instruments to the gamelon of Indonesia, there is so much to see! I can't believe I got to see five Stradivari instruments in one room as well as the oldest cello, viola and oldest playable harpsichord. Those archlutes! The Hardinger Fiddles - wondrous works of art! I can go on... More 

Thank Christian P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I are professional orchestra musicians who make a point of visiting this museum when we are nearby. We have loved it for years, but saw a big improvement with the audio guide that they loan you from the last time we were there. The building is a lovely old Carnegie library, and thus is rather small. We... More 

Thank Andrea W
Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a world class attraction in a very out of the way place; worth a special trip. The National Music Museum is among the top two or three in the world and has a collection rivaling that of the music museum in Paris. The collection includes a number of one-of-a-kind items, particularly among the Nothern Italian string instruments, which... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 July 10, 2016

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 

Thank Pendarella
Mequon, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

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 June 27, 2016

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.

Thank jamesfD7960UA
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 

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