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Our brand new first-floor galleries are officially OPEN! The wait is finally over - come see the NEW NMM. Information on the galleries, hours, and more can be found on the VISIT & LEARN and EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS pages!

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, stop in to see our seven new galleries, concerts, events, and more! 

The Jason & Betsy Groves Special Exhibitions Gallery is OPEN! Come explore our current special exhibition HIGH STRUNG: FIVE CENTURIES OF STRINGED KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS.

Get Instrumental

Our Collections Online

Thousands of objects from our permanent collections, from accordions to zithers and everything in between, can be viewed online in our eMuseum portal. Visit eMuseum here or explore the object categories below to view online records.


eMuseum is currently offline for maintenance

Check back later to view our collections online!

Getting down to the brass tacks...


...of global, cultural heritage preserved through musical instruments


musical instruments and related objects from around the world

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more interesting than you ever imagined musical instruments could be 

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Checklists and Legacy Pages

Please note: Not all of the NMM's collections are in eMuseum. Some objects in checklist format and previously published articles, photographs, and other archival material, are not yet listed in eMuseum. View the legacy collections pages to access additional content that has not yet been transferred. 

The special exhibition “As Good as Gold: The First 50 Years (1973–2023)” is showcasing part of the history of the National Music Museum (NMM) through a small selection of treasured musical instruments, highlighting important timeline periods of its collecting process in the past 50 years. However, the NMM collections are vast and comprehensive, and with this special occasion, the author saw the opportunity to write about some objects that are not so widely known. Therefore, in addition to the special treasures being celebrated, 50 objects from the musical instrument collection were chosen to be featured in this article. 

Fifty Years
Fifty Objects

Featured Objects

With unparalleled collections, archives, and other historical resources, the National Music Museum is a center for scientific, social, historical, and technical research on the history of musical instruments. 

Research at the NMM

A High Note...

The National Music Museum is delighted to announce the acquisition of the Myron Floren Archive and Accordion Collection donated to the museum by his youngest daughter Heidi, who personally transported them to Vermillion during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A bit of Dakota Pride


the NMM will be CLOSED until TUESDAY, 1/16