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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!

Our regular hours are fully in place - stop by between 10 and 4, Tuesday to Friday, or between 12 and 4 on Saturdays, to see our seven new galleries, plus our special exhibition space, concerts, events, and more! 

Upcoming holiday hours — The NMM is CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. We are OPEN December 23 & 30 for our normal hours.


Graduate Study Programs

Study at the National Music Museum

Master of Music, with Specialization in the History of Musical Instruments

Gaining entry to the esteemed master's degree program that specializes in the history of musical instruments is an opportunity that simply cannot be overlooked. The University of South Dakota Department of Music and the National Music Museum have joined forces to create this accredited and prestigious program – it is the only one of its kind in the world! You will have direct access to some of the most historical musical instruments ever to have been preserved.

Collaborate one-on-one with the museum's renowned staff of scholars and explore the specialized library and archives, as well as the instruments themselves. You can choose to focus on conservation, research, cataloging and museum practices or many other topics that best align with your interests and career goals. USD's program is the perfect choice to expand your knowledge and explore the history of musical instruments. 

Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to be part of a select few who can say that they were part of this program! Apply now to gain access to one of the most exclusive master's programs in musical instrument history.

The nation's only graduate degree in the History of Musical Instruments



Highlights of the museum's collection include Cremonese stringed instruments, early keyboard instruments, saxophones from the inventor, Nuremberg-made trumpets, and highly important guitars from 20th-century America.

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