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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
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+1 605-677-5306
09:00 - 17:00
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Pleasant surprise on the prairie

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... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2016
Olaf S
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

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 remarkable shape with delicate artwork all over. Johnny Cash's home guitar that was his favorite, along with those of Bob Dylan and many... More 

1 Thank Olaf S
Bozeman, Montana
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

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 played by the instruments on view.

1 Thank MTrover
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

What an amazing place. An unbelievable number of instruments. Very informative and friendly desk person . Had a great time here.

1 Thank Ron S
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

We could not have been more surprised to find such an excellent music museum. The displays and the mobile tour guide were outstanding. Seeing instruments that are 400-500 years old is incredible - some still are played. There are exotic instruments, as well as guitars used by famous performers. A must see!!

1 Thank jim5105
Imlay City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Terrific instrument museum...Stradiivarius & Amati strings; lutes keyboards etc. from 1650s to 1920s. Rare antiques to fairly modern - especially guitars - even Lucille with an autograph. Audio & video for some...Asian primitive to banjo.

2 Thank Marvin C
Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Anyone interested in music or history should visit this museum. It contains a remarkable collection of instruments of all types. Get the audio tour to learn more about several of the exhibits.

1 Thank Charles G
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

The National Music Museum is a very interesting place. Admission is reasonable, and there is a small gift shop. Open year-round. For no extra charge, you can augment the visit by using a device with a headset to hear the instruments and learn snippets of its history. Self-guided, no formal tours. There are very clear visual interpretations as well. The... More 

2 Thank KSTravers
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 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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Reviewed 20 August 2016

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 

2 Thank Christian P
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

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 

1 Thank Andrea W

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