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Music to the ears! NMM gets green light on building expansion

After several years of planning and evolving architectural concepts, the National Music Museum (NMM), at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, has received the go-ahead to add approximately 16,000 square feet (two floors plus an underground level) to their existing Carnegie building. [Rendering here of the proposed building design provided by Schwartz/Silver Architects]

The proposal, put forward by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, was recently approved by the South Dakota legislature. Funding for the estimated $9.5 million building project has already been raised privately by the Museum’s Board, with up to $1.5 million of that amount — representing upgrades to HVAC and facilities infrastructure — to be covered by the University of South Dakota.

The NMM addition will provide much needed room, including approximately 4,600 square feet of new exhibit space, a gallery dedicated to temporary exhibits, a new performance hall, a dedicated classroom, a new conservation lab, a new photography lab, and new above-ground staff and administration offices. This construction also presents the opportunity for reconfiguring existing museum space, as well as re-conceptualizing exhibits.

The addition and overall renovation will also dramatically improve the visitor experience.

The NMM plans to announce a tentative groundbreaking date soon. In the meantime and throughout the building project, the NMM will continue to raise funds for underwriting further gallery and exhibit design, new interactive museum technologies, aesthetic enhancements, and more.

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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.


the NMM will be CLOSED until TUESDAY, 1/16

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