National Music Museum, Vermillion

#28 of 55 in Museums in South Dakota
The NMM's renowned collections of more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments are the most inclusive in the world, making the NMM the premier institution of its kind.

Included are many of the earliest, best preserved, and historically most important musical instruments known to survive.

Self-guided multi-media tours allow visitors not only to see and hear many of the instruments, but also to learn more about them through curatorial commentary and videos.
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  • August 9, 2017
    I almost didn't go, but what a mistake that would have been. This museum is truly an amazing experience. They have an unbelievable collection of musical instruments from all over the world, going back...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Recommended by a co-worker. This was very entertaining museum. The exhibit includes modern and historical instruments from around the word. You are offered headphones to listen to selected instruments...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    If you are a musician or just a person interested in any kind of music this is a must see if you are in the area. 6 galleries filled with priceless string instruments, pianos, harpsichords as well as ...  more »
  • July 7, 2017
    Great museum even if you are not very musical inclined. It was very interesting and informative. Make sure to ask for the iPod audio tour thing since it makes the experience so much better. It allows you to hear what some of the instruments sound like and see some of the instruments being played.
  • June 29, 2017
    There is something for everyone in this museum. My seven-year-old son and I walked through the rooms together and it was so well organized and presented that we were equally amazed. It doesn't matter who you should see this collection.
  • May 28, 2017
    Great place to see some antique musical instruments.
  • July 31, 2016
    If this instrument collection were located in a major metropolitan area, the world would trumpet its significance. As it is, it's no less important - just a bit harder to find. For those who do make the effort to see it, there's no way to be disappointed. The collection is vast and inclusive, beyond anything that might be expected. Go see it!
  • June 2, 2016
    They have some really curious instrument collection and it fascinates me as a musician. Wish there were more sample recordings but it is a very interesting place for some "sax appeal".

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