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National Music Museum


PIERRE, S.D. – There is a place in South Dakota that is known for being the greatest of its kind the world. It includes world-renowned collections from five different centuries. This Great Place is the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D.

The National Music Museum highlights musical instruments spanning five centuries from across the globe. The museum has more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments and is considered the most inclusive museum of its kind.

The museum was founded in 1973, on the campus of the University of South Dakota. The National Music Council has designated it as a “Landmark of American Music.” There are nine galleries on two floors.

A number of notable pieces are displayed for visitors at the museum. Within the extensive collection of stringed instruments are pieces crafted by Andrea Guarneri, Antonio Stradivari, and the Amati family. There are two of the only three 17th century Cremonese stringed instruments preserved in the world at this museum. 

The National Music Museum is located on the corner of Yale and Clark Streets on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. The museum is open daily with the exceptions of the major holidays. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-5 p.m. There is an admission fee which includes the self-guided multi-media tour.


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Media Notes: Information in this release was obtained from the National Music Museum website.