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A ribbon cutting and open house is planned this month to help celebrate the National Music Museum’s 50th anniversary at the NMM’s Center for Preservation and Research. Live music, refreshments and guided tours of the facility will be offered. The free event will be held on Thursday, May 18, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the NMM’s Center for Preservation and Research, located at 1225 Carr Street in Vermillion, SD (next to Polaris along Hwy 50 bypass).

Completed in 2019 through a partnership with the Vermillion Chamber and Development Corporation, the National Music Museum’s Center for Preservation and Research provides a secure, environmentally safe home for the museum’s vast collections.

Currently, the Center holds thousands of musical instruments and related artifacts while work on the NMM’s permanent exhibitions continues. Once work in the museum’s original Carnegie building on the campus of the University of South Dakota is complete, many of the instruments will be returned to be displayed, while others will remain in the Center for Preservation and Research to be studied, stored and shared by NMM curators, visiting scholars and students.

The 23,000 square ft. facility not only provides a dedicated, dynamic space for research and discovery, but also contains a conservation and photography lab for the ongoing preservation and visual recording (and sharing) of the NMM’s collections.

The National Music Museum is currently open to the public for the special exhibition “As Good As Gold: The First 50 Years” Wednesdays - Fridays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from Noon – 4 p.m. Work on the permanent exhibition continues, with seven first floor galleries slated to open to the public in August, 2023. 


About the National Music Museum

The National Music Museum (NMM), located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, is one of the world’s finest collections of musical instruments, with some 15,000 instruments in its holdings. The NMM owns some of the most historically significant musical instruments in existence. Founded in 1973, the National Music Museum Inc. is a non-profit entity in partnership with USD.

This program is free of cost for NMM Members!

If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate, please contact Disability Services at least 48 hours before an event. Students and the public can contact Disability Services at 605-658-3745 or Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources at 605-658-3660.

Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 10:00:00 PM UTC

Ribbon Cutting & Open House | NMM Center for Preservation and Research

A live stream of this concert will be available to watch for free on our website. Please visit the NMM Live Video page to tune in if you cannot join us in person!




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.



the NMM will be CLOSED until TUESDAY, 1/16

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