The National Music Museum is a “bucket-list” destination for music lovers around the world.
Many travelers drop by as vacation stop on their coast-to-coast travel. Heading West, Vermillion SD is an excellent lay-over before making the six-hour drive to well-known destinations in the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota.
Check our glowing reviews on TripAdvisor; the NMM is unquestionably worth the detour and an added few hours to your itinerary (although most music-lovers, in particular, wish they had budgeted more time).
If you live in our region, the NMM can be a breath-taking discovery for a leisurely weekend or day trip.
Vermillion SD is in the southeastern corner of the state, so we may be surprisingly closer to you than you think!
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Meet the dedicated team who keep the NMM ticking, day in and day out.
Learn about our buildings and unique facilities.
The NMM conducts cutting edge research, and welcomes external researchers who wish to utilize our resources.
Whether you're a music lover, a museum professional, or both, the NMM is an incredible place to work.
The NMM offers the nations only terminal graduate degree specializing in the History of Musical Instruments.
A Musical Garden of Eden
Far away from the museums on the National Mall in D.C., the National Music Museum (NMM) is one national museum not to be missed. Recognized by the New York Times as a “musical Smithsonian…whose galleries teem with masterpieces,” the NMM has attracted thousands of visitors each year, who make the pilgrimage to Vermillion, South Dakota from all 50 states and many countries.
Founded in 1973 on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, the NMM is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. Its renowned collections feature fine and historic instruments from many cultures and historical periods.
Spanning hundreds of years of culture, the NMM’s 15,000+ instruments range from priceless Italian violins to celebrity guitars, from organs to orchestrion, from harps to harpsichords, from dombaks to didgeridoos, from Les Paul to Sgt. Pepper, from Stradivari to Elvis. With its extensive archives of instrument-related materials, and offering the only graduate degree in musical instruments in North America [currently on hiatus during NMM expansion], the NMM has been an epicenter for musical-instrument research.
The NMM was founded as a partnership between The University of South Dakota, which provides staff and facilities for preservation, teaching, and research, and the Board of Trustees of the NMM, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that is responsible for acquisitions, public exhibiting, and programming. The Board of Trustees is totally dependent upon support from NMM members, individuals, corporations, foundations, and governmental units.
The NMM is recognized as "A Landmark of American Music" by the National Music Council.
The mission of the National Music Museum is to explore, enjoy, and
preserve the world of musical instruments.
The National Music Museum publishes the National Music Museum Newsletter that features articles about its collections, archives, and recent acquisitions, as well as information about institutional development, noteworthy events, and the accomplishments of its talented staff.
The NMM also publishes the National Music Museum Expansion Update between 2018-2021.
Select a link below to access recent issues.
Summer 2020 Newsletter
Spring 2020 Expansion Update
Spring 2020 Newsletter
Fall 2019 Expansion Update
Summer 2019 Newsletter
Spring 2019 Expansion Update
Spring 2019 Newsletter
Fall 2018 Expansion Update
Summer 2018 Newsletter
Spring 2018 Newsletter
Summer 2017 Newsletter
Fall 2016 Newsletter
Summer 2015 Newsletter
December 2014 Newsletter
September 2014 Newsletter
*Note that the National Music Museum, Vermillion, South Dakota, is currently closed for architectural expansion and renovation. Reopening is slated for 2022.*
Because the NMM has experienced an ever-increasing demand for its research services, we cannot answer telephone, email, or postal inquiries other than those submitted by NMM members (at the “Contributing” level or above). All requests for information must include the NMM Member's name and postal address. Inquiries submitted without this information can not be answered. The NMM does not accept requests for information by telephone.