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National Music Museum, Vermillion

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Specialty Museum
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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  • As a USD grad, I stopped by my Alma Mater to find the old library from 50 years ago was now a remarkable National Music museum with artifacts from around the world. The world's oldest cello in remarka...  more »
  • My husband and I were thoroughly surprised and engrossed by the amazing amount and variety of instruments from around the world. The audio tour was an additional bonus that included samples of music p...  more »
  • What an amazing place. An unbelievable number of instruments. Very informative and friendly desk person . Had a great time here.  more »
  • 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!
  • 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".
  • Five Start Fantastic! Did not want to Leave this Home of 15,000 Orphaned Playable Musical Instruments Good Job Staff! Bob V
  • Amazing collection of instruments. Only got half way through. Will have to come back to see the rest.
  • They hand you a headset with earphones that are attached to a cell phone device to hear the instruments. The one they gave me took a long time to buffer. Very unusable. Its to bad they do not have the latest in technology like other museums.