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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.

What's on at the NMM

Upcoming Events

The USD Chamber Orchestra and Low String ensembles, Showcasing the works of Bach, Glière, Boccherini, Popper, and Vivaldi.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00:00 PM UTC

Concert | The USD Department of Music Presents: CELLOBRATION!

The National Music Museum (NMM) will celebrate the opening of the Lillibridge Expansion at the NMM with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 9:00:00 PM UTC

National Music Museum | Lillibridge Wing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Native American drummer

Friday, October 1, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM UTC

NMM LIVE! | Jerome Kills Small

In the Groves Special Exhibition Gallery 


Five centuries of stringed keyboard instruments


Permanent Exhibitions Galleries

Step into the museum, and see how instruments cross time and space as means of personal and communal expression

Ruth Martens Lamont Gallery

From the church to the chamber: instruments in spirituality and the home

Richard Cutler Gallery

Worlds collide across the globe: concert venues, the international marketplace, and arenas of power

De Welch Knudson Gallery

A shining jewel: the Javanese Gamelan

Gamelan Gallery

Great American guitars of the past and present, and workshops of master luthiers across generations

Tom & Cindy Lillibridge Galleries

Who, how, and why: the foundation and mission of the NMM

Larson Founders Gallery

First Floor: Instruments in Our Lives

It's been a while, and we miss you. But hey! - we couldn't be more excited to see you again at the bigger, better, more magically musical NMM. With brand new facilities in the Lillibridge Wing, a bustling schedule of programming for all interests and ages, and completely reimagined exhibition galleries in the historic Carnegie Library, the NMM is excited to spring back to life as the place to explore, enjoy, and preserve the world of musical instruments. 

As of August 30, 2023, we have opened Phase 1 of our permanent exhibitions - encompassing SEVEN all new galleries; the entire first floor of the Carnegie Building.

Museum Visitor Guide & Map

Planning to stop in? Download this handy PDF to find your way around our galleries and facilities!

Past Exhibitions

View images, catalogs, and other information from exhibitions no longer on view at the NMM!


the NMM will be CLOSED until TUESDAY, 1/16

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