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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.

Research at the

National Music Museum

Due to the NMM's expansion project and ongoing construction, we are currently addressing research inquiries on a limited, case-by-case basis. 

If you are interested in coming to the NMM to research our collections, or if are looking for information and materials from our extensive archives, please get in touch with us. We will do our best to respond to your inquiry, but please understand that our capacity to satisfy research inquiries is limited. 

As we prepare to re-open our permanent exhibitions, we are reevaluating our research resources, services, fees, and more. This information will be updated as soon as new information is available. 

National Music Museum

Center for Preservation and Research​

The National Music Museum’s new Center for Preservation and Research (CPR) is the result of a partnership between NMM and the Vermillion Chamber and Development Corporation (VCDC), a state-of-the-art preservation center was completed in the summer of 2019. 


This facility contains 23,000 square feet of space where our collections are studied, stored, and conserved. In addition to the environmentally controlled secure-storage rooms, the CPR also provides space for conservation work, light construction, hands-on research, group meetings, and houses a comprehensive imaging studio that can be used to fully document our collections.

National Music Museum

Graduate Study Programs

The Department of Music at the University of South Dakota offers the M.M. degree with a specialization in the history of musical instruments (a terminal, professional degree offered nowhere else in the country), music performance, and music literature

Whether you're a musical instrument aficionado, a life-long music lover, or just looking to support your community, learn about how you can help us keep working to explore, enjoy, and preserve the world of musical instruments!

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the NMM will be CLOSED until TUESDAY, 1/16

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